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Large tree falls on wires in Niskayuna after storm

A large tree came down onto primary power lines in front of 101 Ray St. in Niskayuna shortly before 6:30 a.m. Friday.
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A large tree came down onto primary power lines in front of 101 Ray St. in Niskayuna shortly before 6:30 a.m. Friday.

NISKAYUNA – A large tree uprooted sometime early Friday morning and fell onto primary wires, which began arching and causing a small fire in the tree.

The incident did not injure anyone or damage any homes, a fire official said.

Niskayuna Fire District No. 1 responded at 6:22 a.m. to Ray Street between Balltown Road and Cornelius Avenue for a report of a large tree that had fallen. 

Capt. James Vena said a tree had uprooted on one side of the street and fell onto wires. He said National Grid took over the scene at about 7:10 a.m. and began removing the tree. 

“Luckily, this tree was right of the roadway which allowed our bucket truck and forestry crew to get right to the tree and we had the tree cut and removed in about 60 to 90 minutes from arrival,” said Patrick Stella, a National Grid spokesperson.

There were no outages in the area, Stella said.

People were advised to avoid the area during that time.

It is likely the tree was uprooted due to an oversaturated ground from the storm that occurred between Thursday and Friday, said Joe Villani with the National Weather Service station in Albany. 

He said peak wind gusts were only 30 to 35 mph, but that a total of 2 to 3 inches fell during the storm. 

“It was definitely a good soaking,” he said.

Villani said that rain was pretty widespread throughout the region too.

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