BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Dozens of homes and the municipal complex lost power Saturday night after a branch fell on power lines.
Deputy Chief Jim Hopkins said the power went out at 8:12 p.m. because the branch fell on "three primary lines" at the corner of Brook Street and Park Avenue, causing an electrical arc that "in the darkness appeared to be a transformer fire."
Police and Fire department members checked out the situation and stayed on the scene.
A technician from JCP&L arrived 8:46 p.m. and cleared the branch from the power lines. The technician and a crew from the fire department went to the substation on Cottage Street and reset the safety device that had tripped.
Power was restored 9:30 p.m.