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2/24/07-Smith County

High Winds Cause Damage In East Texas

Today's heavy winds knocked down power lines and trees and left thousands without electricity.  The Smith County Sheriff's Department said they had more than 50 reports of downed power lines and trees. Wind gusts reached about 50 miles per hour.  

Gregg County says it also says it had several calls of downed power lines.  According to SWEPCO, there were 3,000 customers without electricity, but power was expected to be restored by midnight.

In Van Zandt County, a fallen power line causes a nearby pasture to catch on fire.   Firefighters say around 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a power line started a car on fire near I-20 in Van.  

The fire than spread from there catching a pasture on fire, burning more than 20 acres. Firefighters sprayed foam on nearby cars to prevent them from catching fire. This wind firefighters say made it difficult to fight the blaze.

"The wind made it extremely hard to fight the fire," said  Van Fire Department firefighter Bobby Hines.  "It fueled the fire even faster than normal. It pushed it through more than it normally have would." 

Firefighters say no one was injured in the fire.

Molly Reuter, Reporting.  mreuter@kltv.com

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