PHOTOS: Power outage and brush fire in Hartland
Cows narrowly avoid being barbecued
HARTLAND, VT - Shortly before noon on Friday wind blew a poplar tree down onto power lines which in turn fell on top of an electric fence surrounding a five-acre pasture right alongside the Brownsville Road, setting off a chain of events that cut power to dozens of homes in the Jenneville section of town and down County Road into Windsor.
"Smoke and fire was coming from every one of these posts," that carried the electric fence around the field, which is owned by Greg Martin, recalled a witness who described a pair of Hereford steers running nervously back-and-forth amidst the resulting commotion as "two lucky cows!"
Hartland Fire Captain Doug Harrington said there were initially a series of tiny spot fires that mostly self-extinguished but "the main thing was trying to keep the two cows away from the fence" until it had been confirmed that the power was actually off.
Green Mountain Power told officials at the scene they expected to restore power to all of their customers in the area by early afternoon.
Hartland volunteer firefighter Matt White directed traffic at the scene
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