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Watch for rewired home electricity

By Robert Hayes

We responded to a fire January 5 and discovered that the electricity at the house had been "jumped" with a metal plate, energizing the entire household as the ground was not hooked up.

We had the local power company respond but they were not able to disconnect the power at the pole due to heavy smoke at the power source.

One hour and 15 minutes into the fire we had the fire suppressed enough that the electrical crew could clip the power, killing the electricity.

When we released the scene they took the house off the grid completely.

This kind of incident is just a heads up as to the state of our economy, in which people might resort to this type of theft that would potentially injure fire crews.

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