Jun 25, 2010 7:41 PM by David Ortiviz & Stefanie Boe

Driver "jumps to safety" after sparking two semi fires

Two semi trucks were destroyed Friday afternoon in what appears to be an accidental fire. The fire produced thick black smoke which could be seen for miles.

The fire happened around 1:30 Friday afternoon on McCormick Ave. near E. 4th St. in Pueblo. This is located outside of city limits, but the Pueblo Fire Department says it was asked to respond, because county fire crews were busy putting out another fire in Pueblo County.

Joe Sena with the Pueblo Fire Department says a truck driver accidentally struck a power line while he was trying to empty a load of debris. "The driver was dumping a load an he had his bed up. He hit one of the power lines which energized the truck. He was able to jump to safety and he's okay--he's shaken up, but it could have been a lot worse," said Sena.

A fire sparked and caught two parked semi trucks on fire. No one was hurt.

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