Payson responds to large power outage and brush fires Thursday
Jul 15, 2022, 11:53 AM
(Payson Fire Department)
PAYSON, Utah — Payson Fire Department had their hands full Thursday when a tree branch put power out for most of the city, a small brush fire broke out, and people were trapped in an elevator.
Scott Spencer, Payson Fire Chief, confirmed that around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, a branch fell onto the city’s main substation line at 400 East, 700 North, causing power to go out in “a good portion of the city.”
Due to that power outage, people were trapped in the elevator of a four story building. Spencer confirmed they were rescued in just under a half hour and there were no injuries.
Around the same time, two fires started near the main transmission line, although they’re not sure if the transmission line is what started the fire. Fortunately, no structures burned and the fires burned only land along a fence line.