Suicidal squirrel, leaping lightning cause problems

Print Article

Weather and wildlife woes wreaked minor havoc in Bigfork and Kalispell on Wednesday.

During a storm early Wednesday morning, lightning struck a tree, traveled underground and beneath a Black Bear Lane home and ran into the floor joists.

The Bigfork Fire Department responded at 3:41 a.m.

“I don’t know if it traveled on a root, but they did have a little fire in the floor joists,” Bigfork Fire Chief Wayne Loeffler said. “It burned in a little bit, created some smoke, but never really got going.”

Loeffler said the homeowner put some water on it before firefighters responded, which helped, and that the firefighters put out what was left of the fire in a matter of minutes.

A few hours later in Kalispell, a kamikaze squirrel climbed into a transformer on a Flathead Electric Co-operative utility pole near the intersection of Fourth Street West and Seventh Avenue West, knocking out power for 11 electricity customers.

A Kalispell police officer investigating the outage reported “a barbecued, hairless squirrel appears to be the culprit.”

Flathead Electric Public Relations Officer Wendy Ostrom-Price said power was restored in less than an hour after a fuse and some other pieces of equipment were repaired.

She said squirrels regularly cause problems with the utility’s electrical equipment.

Reporter Jesse Davis may be reached at 758-4441 or by email at jdavis@dailyinterlake.com.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Whitefish still mulling curbside recycling plan

October 16, 2017 at 5:00 am | Daily Inter Lake The Whitefish City Council has a light agenda on Monday, Oct. 16, but will dig into a few key issues during a work session from 5 to 7 p.m. that precedes the formal meeting. For the first half hour ...

Comments

Read More

Community-connectedness comes naturally to Judy Sommers

October 15, 2017 at 5:34 pm | Daily Inter Lake A person can say they care about something, and sometimes you can see it in their eyes. Judy Sommers can’t help but get tears in her eyes when she talks about the connections she’s made in the Fla...

Comments

Read More

Flathead grad holds onto dream of becoming doctor

October 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm | Daily Inter Lake Editor’s note: The Daily Inter Lake is following up with six young adults who were profiled as high school seniors in a series recognizing noteworthy graduates from the Class of 2016 that highlighted...

Comments

Read More

Housing, lake quality key issues in Whitefish election

October 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm | Daily Inter Lake The issues facing the Whitefish City Council in the coming years have familiar themes: affordable housing, Whitefish Lake quality and managing growth. With council member Pam Barberis dropping out o...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 755-7000
727 East Idaho
Kalispell, MT 59901

©2017 Daily Inter Lake Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X