A downed electric transformer started a small fire and caused a power outage for about six Arizona Public Service customers Friday morning. No injuries were reported.
According to the Yuma Fire Department, just before 7 a.m. a downed power pole was reported in the 2400 block of South 27th Ave.
Firefighters were dispatched to the area where they found the downed power pole at 2401 S. 27th Ave. The fallen power lines and transformer attached to the pole had sparked a fire in the back yard of the residence which created a plume of smoke. Smoke was also emanating from the power lines across 27th Ave.
Officers with the Yuma Police Department cordoned off 24th Street to east bound traffic between Avenue B and Avenue C while firefighters extinguished the blaze, which was limited to dry grass and a portion of fencing.
APS was called to the area to repair the downed lines. Traffic on 24th Street remained closed to eastbound traffic at that location until repairs were completed.
The incident prompted YFD to remind citizens to stay away from any downed power lines they may come across in the future.
"Whenever downed lines are encountered, they should be reported and treated as if they are live power lines," said Mike Erfert, YFD public information officer. "Stay well away from them. Contact with a live power line can cause serious injury or death!"