Fire damages utility lines

Published 9:51 am Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A planned controlled burn in the Town of Victoria resulted in phone and internet lines becoming damaged, according to a report from the Victoria Town Manager and a representative of telephone and internet company CenturyLink. The CenturyLink representative said connection has been restored to those affected.

Frank Tutalo, director of corporate communications with CenturyLink, responded to an inquiry about the lines and stated he was told services have been restored in connection with this incident.

“This past weekend we experienced a service disruption in Victoria due to a reported fire that damaged some of our aerial fiber and copper lines,” Tutalo said in a statement. “We know how important these services are to our customers. We dispatched a repair team and were able to restore all services afterward.” Town Manager Rodney Newton said a landowner was burning debris when the fire affected the lines.

The burn occurred in the property behind A & J Produce past Victoria’s Main Street.