Van catches fire after power line falls; Bellingham streets closed


BELLINGHAM — A snapped power line fell onto a parked van Wednesday, Jan. 29, sparking a smoky car fire in the Sunnyland neighborhood, witnesses said.

Olsen Auto Body, 1919 Humboldt Street, lost power around 4:10 p.m. when the line broke and fell onto the Ford E-250 van.

Nhi Le, who works there, said the van didn’t crash into the power pole, and it wasn't windy. So it’s not clear how the line snapped. The driver, Le said, had parked a couple feet from the pole and gone inside. Dozens of onlookers gathered on sidewalks to watch the commotion.

Ohio Street was briefly blocked off in both directions while firefighters fought the flames. It took about 15 minutes to put it out.

No one was hurt.

Power was knocked out in the area.

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