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Downed Lines Spark Mountain View Brush Fire; 1 Hurt

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Firefighters at the scene of a brush fire caused by downed power lines off the 1000 block of La Avenida in Mountain View, January 13, 2012. (CBS)

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MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS SF) – Mountain View fire crews were able to control a vegetation fire sparked by downed high voltage power lines near the Microsoft Corporation campus Thursday night, fire officials said.

The downed lines near the Microsoft campus, located at 1065 La Avenida, left as many as 372 customers without power at 9:23 p.m., a PG&E spokesman said. At midnight there were 199 remaining customers expected to be without power until 8 a.m. Friday morning.

Fire crews were dispatched to La Avenida and Space Park Way after multiple calls at 9:23 p.m. reported flames and explosion sounds. Crews discovered a brush fire in an area under high voltage power lines, with many of them down.

The fire was quickly brought under control and no structures were affected although an acre of vegetation was burned in the blaze, fire officials said.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

One resident at a nearby mobile home park was taken to the hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. No firefighter injuries were reported, fire officials said.

Parts of the nearby Stevens Creek Trail were closed Friday morning as downed power lines remained in the area, officials said.

The area affected by power outages includes North Shoreline Boulevard and north of U.S. Highway 101 along Crittenden Lane, Space Park Bay, La Avenida and Macon Avenue, PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said.

He said utility crews were investigating the downed lines that caused the fire and checking if there was possible equipment failure at a substation.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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