Police: Transmission line hit with bullet caused fire in Sheldon

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SHELDON — Police are still investigating a fire that severely damaged a transmission line in Sheldon last week.

The fire broke out just north of Mill Street.

Authorities found that the 48kV transmission line had been hit by a bullet causing extensive damage to the power line.

This damage was found during the replacement of the transmission line pole on April 29.

Police say this situation caused two power outages while the line was repaired and impacted operations at the West Rock plant in Sheldon; the power company’s largest member.

The damage will cost VT Electric Cooperative members between $60,000 and $80,000.