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Utility pole narrowly misses man inside OKC house during storm

A utility pole crashed into a house Tuesday during a storm in Oklahoma City. Tom Bruening was in the living room when it landed in a master bedroom closet.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer Modified: August 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm •  Published: August 8, 2012

Homebuilder Tom Bruening, 72, was sitting in the living room of a new $312,900 house for sale in the Still Meadows addition when a storm blew in Tuesday and a heavy, metal power pole came crashing down.

A cross beam protruding from the pole penetrated the roof and lodged in the master bedroom closet of the house at 5601 NW 164 Terrace.

Bruening called 911 and evacuated the neighborhood. Then he got in touch with the real estate agent and told her there might be a snag with the latest offer on the house.

Bruening said the house is insured and will be repaired. But it might take too long for one family that wanted to move in before the first day of school in the Deer Creek School District, he said.

The damage in the Still Meadows addition was caused by a thunderstorm that hit about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday.

More than 1,200 Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. customers in northwest Oklahoma City remained without power most of the day Wednesday.

Work to repair the utility line will continue through Saturday, but most residents were expected to have their power restored by Wednesday evening, OG&E spokeswoman Kathleen O'Shea said.

She said the steel utility pole appeared to take a direct hit from a gust of wind.

“They don't just snap,” O'Shea said.

Fred Cupps, 68, who lives a few doors west of the house hit by the pole, said he was standing in a sun room when he opened the blinds to watch the rain Tuesday.

“It's pouring down and about that time her come those big lines slapped up against the side of the house,” Cupps said. “About scared me half to death.”

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