Worker hurt after apartment fire knocks out power in Fort Worth

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Posted on October 16, 2012 at 12:07 AM

FORT WORTH — A utility worker was shocked in the aftermath of a stubborn two-alarm fire at a vacant Fort Worth apartment building Monday evening.

The fire also had an indirect impact on two hospitals in the neighborhood.

Smoke from the fire in the 1700 block of West Cannon Street could be seen for miles around after the first alarm went out around six o'clock.

Within minutes, fire department personnel were pulled from the building as the situation became too dangerous and aerial ladders were used to train water on the flames.

Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Timothy Hardeman said the fire damaged power lines supplying two nearby hospitals, which had to turn to emergency generators.

An Oncor employee who was dealing with the power situation after the flames were extinguished was jolted by an electrical shock when live lines fell across a fence, Hardeman said.

The worker was apparently standing close to the fence and was knocked to the ground.

The injured man was said to be conscious and talking with paramedics before being taken to a hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries was unknown.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, and no damage estimate was available.

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