Fire-Damaged Cell Phone Tower Taken Down

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013  |  Updated 10:32 AM EDT
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Welding Sparked Cell Phone Tower Fire

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A Bucks County cell phone tower damaged by fire and in danger of collapsing has been taken down and disassembled.

Crews used cranes late Friday night to safely bring down the 118-foot cell tower located behind the Bensalem Township Public Works Building on the 2200 block of Byberry Road in Bensalem, Pa. It was dismantled on the ground Saturday.

The tower was left leaning to one side after it caught fire Friday morning.

Welders were working 80 feet in the air when sparks set off a fire ten feet above them around 11:30 a.m. The welders tried to put out the flames, but ended up having to call for help.

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Flames shot from the top of the nearly 10-story electronics tower for nearly an hour as crews waited for the high-voltage electricity to be turned off to the communications hub. Fire crews could not safely spray water on the blaze until the electrcity was cut.

The fire was placed under control about 1 p.m. Friday.

Police evacuated about a dozen people from nearby homes and closed roads to the area. All are now back in their homes and roads have since reopened.

A new tower will be put up in its place within the next four to six weeks, according to authorities.

No one was injured in the incident.

 

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