Plano Fire

A firefighter puts out the fire Wednesday, in the 1800 block of South Plano Street. The transformer in the vacant field blew up and started the grass fire and threatened the houses.

No structures burned

An electrical transformer set back from Plano Street and next to dry grass, blew up Wednesday and ignited a grass fire which fortunately did not ignite any nearby structures.

The blaze broke out about noon at 1803 S. Plano St. and burned only about an acre of grass and some fence posts.

“We were in the shop when the transformer blew up. It scared the crap out of us,” said Perry Wallace as he sprayed water on what few flames were left next to his garage.

The explosion knocked up power to some of the area, including Wallace’s property, so he quickly lost water pressure. Fortunately, he said firefighters got there quickly and the wind carried the fire away from his property and several other homes in the area.

“I was able to keep it away from the building until the pressure went away,” he said.

Tulare County Fire had three engines and a water tender at the fire. CalFire had two engines and the City of Porterville assisted with one engine. The fire forced the closure of Plano Street for more than hour, but the blaze was extinguished or stopped at the roadway in about 40 minutes.

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