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Downed wires torch car in Robeson Twp.

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 01 2013 04:32:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Nov 01 2013 05:13:22 PM CDT

Downed wires torch car in Robeson Twp.

ROBESON TWP., Pa. -

Strong storms left their mark as wicked winds tore through neighborhoods, and ignited a fire in Berks County.

The power was knocked out, and trees were brought down. Crews were busy for hours Friday cleaning up the destruction.

The winds topped 40 mph in spots, and left thousands of homes in the dark in Berks and Montgomery Counties.

Firefighters rushed to the scene in Robeson Township after a tree toppled over and knocked live power lines onto cars along Old River Road.

"There was two there and I jumped in one of them with the wires sparking all over it and moved it before it caught fire," said Robert Caldwell, who jumped into action.

Caldwell's black Dodge was left torched after the wires caught fire.

"I saw the flames and the dark smoke, they were shooting pretty high they were up above the pole," said Ed Wolf, who watched the fire.

Those flames ripped through a car port, destroyed antiques and caused a dryer to explode.

"It was a loud explosion, an extremely loud explosion. It scared me and my son," said Misty Wolf, who watched from her window across the street.

PPL, Met-Ed and PECO crews spent Friday trying to bring the power back on across the region. Traffic lights were out in parts of Pottstown, and the power was off at businesses like the Wawa in the borough's east end.

Pottsgrove Middle and High Schools also spent part of the day in the dark.  

The winds have moved out, but residents were left cleaning up what they left behind.