Fire erupts after logging equipment downs power lines

First responders were called just after 2:30 p.m. Monday to downed power lines and vehicle entrapment at 645 Camp Easter Road in Vass. A piece of logging equipment called a feller buncher had felled a mature pine tree with limbs reaching a power line.

The feller buncher was on its side when emergency responders arrived.

The driver of the feller buncher got out of the equipment safely. He was checked out by EMS and walked away without a scratch.

There were no flames at the point of origin site when Cypress Pointe Fire and Rescue Captain Adam Ferguson arrived, but the power lines had ignited grass fires as far as 40 feet away.

At approximately 3:10 p.m., a loud boom sounded as the feller buncher was engulfed in flames and water was dispersed onto the scene by firemen.

Cypress Pointe Fire and Rescue work to extinguish the feller buncher fire on May 24 at 645 Camp Easter Road in Vass.

Residents reported a power outage in the area. Duke Energy Progress was on the scene working to safely resume normalcy.

~Article, photo, and video by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Stephanie M. Sellers.

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