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Large tree damages utility line, blocks Park Avenue in Rock Hill

Crews were working to remove a large tree that fell on Park Avenue Thursday afternoon. A utility line was also damaged when the tree fell.
Crews were working to remove a large tree that fell on Park Avenue Thursday afternoon. A utility line was also damaged when the tree fell. tkulmala@heraldonline.com

Crews are working to remove a large tree that fell across Park Avenue on Thursday afternoon, taking down a utility line.

The large tree fell around 3:30 p.m. between Cherry and Ebenezer roads. No injuries were reported, and the tree didn’t appear to have damaged any homes or vehicles.

The power outage is affecting an estimated 16 customers, according to Katie Quinn, communications manager for the city of Rock Hill. It’s expected to take around three hours to get the tree removed and the roadway reopened, she said.

The tree took down at least one utility line when it fell, which caused a small fire, according to Deputy Chief Mark Simmons of the Rock Hill Fire Department.

Utility crews with the City of Rock Hill have started removing the tree. It’s not clear how many people have been affected by the power outage or how long the road will be closed.

Check back for updates.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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