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Utility pole fire in Wausau leaves man stranded

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Emergency crews responded to an electrical fire on a utility pole in Wausau Monday afternoon.

Crews were called to the neighborhood on the city's east side around 12:30 p.m. 

When the fire department arrived on scene on the 1500 block of Adams court, a utility worker was trapped in a boom truck that was touching power lines.

Battalion Chief Paul Czarapata said the worker was able to get down safely by rigging himself to a tree. He was not injured. 

To put out the fire, crews got in a separate boom truck to get close to the flames, and used fire extinguishers on the blaze. 

Neighbors tell Newsline 9 they heard a loud pop and then the power went out.

After the fire was put out, WPS isolated the section of wires involved so the truck could be untangled safely. 

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