A fire in a motor home Sunday evening injured one person and caused power and cable outages to about 30,000 customers in Olympia.
Olympia firefighters responded about 8 p.m. to reports of a fire with a possible trapped victim, according to a post on Olympia Fire Fighters IAFF Local 468 Facebook page.
Firefighters arrived at 22nd Avenue Southeast and Boundary Street Southeast to find a motor home ablaze, threatening a structure, another vehicle and trees, according to Assistant Fire Chief Greg Wright. A person had gotten out of the burning motor home and was transported for medical help.
The fire started in the engine compartment of the motor home and burned live power lines, complicating the response.
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Major Internet outages were reported because the fire burned through primary fiber optic cable lines for Intergovernmental and Comcast communications. The outage coincided with the airing of the final episode of this season’s “Game of Thrones,” prompting many social media posts.
Comcast workers had to splice individual fiber optic cables individually to repair the service, according to spokesman Walter Neary.
“There’s never a good time for an outage,” Neary said. He said the “Game of Thrones” episode is available to HBO subscribers online through Xfinity.com so it can be streamed, it’s on On Demand and it will be on again Monday night.