Boom Truck Catches Fire After Falling Into Powerlines

Update: 3:15 p.m.

New Haven, Mo. - One man is lucky to be alive and uninjured after he was forced to jump from a boom truck being used to place shingles on a roof when something went wrong and the boom fell into the power lines.

Late this morning at 10:50 a.m. New Haven/Berger Fire Crews responded to Highway 100 and Buchheit Lane after the arcing power lines caused the truck to catch fire, which was only feet away from the residence.

After fire crews arrived on scene there was nothing they could do until Ameren arrived to shutoff the electric, which has left 22 residences without power.

Fortunately the boom truck was just far enough from the residence and the winding blowing away from the home helped prevent any fire damage.

Ameren arrived on the scene within approximately 35 to 40 minutes from the time of call and were able to quickly shutoff power.

According to Ameren as of 3:15 p.m. the 22 residences remained without power as crews work to remove the boom off the power lines.  No time frame has been given to when power will be restored.

Initial live report within 45 minutes from when fire crews were dispatched at 10:50 a.m.
11:35 p.m. - Kyle Quick reporting live from the scene on Highway 100 at Coulter's Landing.