Pictured: Lt. Buddy Renninger and an AEP Texas worker evaluate the lines on the ground Tuesday on the corner of Prospect and Wright streets. The lines were snapped as a result of a tree falling on top of them. Power was out in the downtown area for about two hours.


Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Downtown businesses were left in the dark Tuesday as a result of downed power lines as individuals were cutting down a tree on Prospect Street.

The owner of a house in the 300 block of Prospect Street was in the process of trimming and removing a tree next to his home. The tree landed on the power lines; causing a ripple effect which snapped three power lines in the 500 block of Wright Street. As a result, the downtown area was left without electricity from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

"The tree was getting too big," said Charlie Gonzalez, the owner of the home. "It rubbed the lines and they touched. It touched and the lines exploded and popped."

Lt. Buddy Renninger with the Alice Fire Department said the situation could have been tragic.

"Right now anything these lines hit can be energized," he said at the scene Tuesday.

AEP Texas arrived and evaluated the situation to begin repairs.

It was not known how many AEP customers were affected by the outage.

No one was injured, officials said.