By Scott Wintermute
At about 10:35 AM Wednesday at 209 Fulton St. in Ojai a crane hoisting an air-conditioning unit either on to or off of the roof accidentally bumped into a power line, knocking it down and causing the electricity to travel through the crane and arc to the ground, where the blast left a hole in the concrete. Power was immediately interrupted north of the incident. The line fell across two trees in the neighbor’s yard at 205 Fulton where it caused the tree to crackle and smolder for about an hour before Southern California Edison crews arrived to turn off the power, at which time power was temporarily disrupted to part of town, including the Ojai Valley News office.
The operator of the crane, owned by In & Out Mini Crane Service, reportedly had left the scene shortly after striking the line to get another job site, but immediately returned when called by authorities.