About five yesterday evening I was trying to get to Ace Hardware from the south side of Route 14 in Crystal Lake.
On the way east, I had noticed the traffic light was out at Walgreens.
Going north on South Main, I noticed a fire truck blocking the way.
Traffic was snarled around this major intersection.
I decided to go through the Best Buy parking lot behind Arby’s.
As I reached the short cut through the parking lot next to Best Buy, I saw a policeman directly me east.
An electric line was down.
No way he was going to let me get close to this electrical fire.
I drove around the shopping complex to Ace’s parking lot, got out and walked toward Main Street.
Another policeman was blocking the north side of the parking lot and cut through next to the Thai restaurant.
More cars blocked Main Street sought of the shortcut to the Jewel shopping center.
I saw that one of the high tension wires carrying electricity to the shopping area was hanging.
One end was visible in the air.
The other one was blazing on the asphalt.
After I finished my shopping where the clerks had no idea what was going on outside next to their store, I went back to see if anything had changed.
There was no repair crew.
The fire still burned.
There seemed to be more smoke than before.
As I headed north to go home along Crystal Lake Avenue, I passed a secondary roadblock.
The only vehicle that was allowed through was the Commonwealth Edison truck.