Wind damage left Campbell without power for hours on Wednesday, closing city hall. The problem started when a large tree fell and knocked down some power lines.
Electricity is a powerful thing and two Campbell residents were reminded of it.
When the tree blew down on Sixth Street near Devitt Avenue, it fell right onto power lines.
“It snapped the line and when it did that, it spiked back through the houses around here,” said Campbell Fire Chief Nick Hrelec.
One wave of electricity burned out a meter at a home where a woman was preparing to move in.
Another surge came down the line and went into Adam Lysiak’s home.
“Blew a hole in the box, traveled through wire, ceiling, ended up catching the baseboard on fire,” said firefighter Greg Rosile.
Lysiak was walking his dog when he saw the tree down across the lines, but he had no idea what was going on at his home.
“When I opened the door to my house, it was smoke inside my house. I realized there was fire inside,” he said.
Two cats ran outside. Lysiak went inside and saw all the damage.
The surge shot four feet across the room, burned a towel hanging in the bathroom, blew out a plug in another room and blew a hole in a water pipe.
“I am lucky I wasn’t inside because they told me I would be dead from the arch,” Lysiak said.
As far as the dog he was walking when this was happening at his house? Its name is Lucky.
Power was out to over 2,000 Campbell homes on Wednesday. It has been restored.