Welders once again appeared to be at fault for a fire that engulfed a cell tower, June 16, in Newport Beach, Virginia. Maintenance personnel were reinforcing the tower located by a high school when sparks caused fire to race up the wiring the length of the 200-foot tower, which had antennas owned by Verizon and Sprint.
The tower buckled under the intense heat of the fire and it leaned over 19 degrees as firefighters applied water to the structure from a ladder truck, but it straightened back up after the fire was extinguished and it cooled down. It took 25 minutes for the fire to be put out.
The school was evacuated during the incident and football practice was cancelled for the day.