Paso Robles family loses home to fire, but reclaims wedding ring

June 9, 2016

FIRE_01A UPS truck struck a power line in Paso Robles, sparking a fire that burned down a home on Wednesday. A wedding ring disappeared in the blaze, but a San Miguel firefighter found the ring and returned it to its owner. [KSBY]

Around 4:45 p.m., a UPS truck snagged power lines, sparking a garage fire in the 4800 block of Farousse Way, southeast of the Links Golf Course. The fire also spread to an adjacent home and surrounding grass.

Firefighters attacked the fire from the ground and from the air, but they could not salvage the house. The family lost numerous heirlooms in the blaze, including a black powder rifle and an 1800s horse carriage.

No one suffered injuries as a result of the fire.


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To the fireman who found and returned the wedding ring – thank you! I am sure it meant a lot to the family especially in light of the los of so many other family treasures. I appreciate your honesty.

I don’t know who is supposed to check for low hanging wires, but I saw a truck snag a low hanging wire on Creston just driving down the street in Paso. But isn’t Farousse in the county?

There is a minimum legal height for lines over public roadways and the utilities are responsible for keeping wires above this height there. It is higher than the maximum legal height for vehicles operating without a special permit. Generally speaking, the power companies do a much better job of maintaining that height than the phone or (especially) the cable companies. Electrical wires are usually several feet higher than the minimum height over roadways.

The problems usually come when wiring is stretched to buildings over private property. In that case, the vehicle operator also has a duty to watch out. I don’t know where the wire the UPS truck hit was but I bet it was on a private road or driveway.

Also, Fa-rousse is east of the airport and outside the Paso city limits.

If there is any good news out of this it’s that by the time UPS is done paying these folks will be able to afford a new home anywhere they want to live.

Perhaps the wires were hanging too low and didn’t meet code?

You make a good point. However, you still can’t just ASSume wires are high enough…especially if it occurred on private property.

UPS drivers aren’t overhead utility line inspectors. Sure, they have a duty to avoid hazards while driving but drivers are expected to be scanning the roadway and not the sky.

By the time UPS is done suing PG&E for the low hanging wires, they will a stock spike that will be HUGE!