A cell phone tower in Bensalem, Buck County, Pa. caught fire while maintenance crews were working on it this morning. The neighborhood was evacuated because rescue crews were afraid the tower would collapse.
June 21, 2013: A cell phone tower caught fire in Bensalem, Bucks County, Pa.
As SkyForce10 approached, you could see the dark gray smoke.
The fire started shortly after 11 a.m.
The cell phone tower belongs to A.T. & T. and stands about 118 feet tall, which is nearly 10 stories high.
Emergency officials are not exactly sure how it started.
However, Public Safety Director Fred Harran said the fire broke out while maintenance crews were working on the base of the tower.
This was about 11:30 a.m., when the fire appeared to be most intense.
The tower sits on land owned by the township and is right next to the Public Works Building at 2200 Byberry Road.
PECO crews worked to shut down power at the site.
The fire left the tower leaning and township officials were afraid it might come crashing down.
This picture was taken around 1:30 p.m. when the fire was under control.