Battalion Chief Jack Neiman-Kimel of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department said the bird was perched on a power line on Sycamore Drive at Dalton Creek Way when it spread its wings. The wings touched two lines causing a major short with the electrocuted bird dropping into the field below, causing a fire.
At the same time, the damaged lines triggered an electrical failure at Sycamore Way and Sycamore Creek Road, causing a transformer to burst into flames and fall to the ground from its overhead position to the lawn near 476 Sycamore Drive , causing more outages.
Neiman-Kimel said neighbors heard a loud explosion when the transformer fell and called 911 at 3:53 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene in minutes and extinguished the fires within 15 minutes.
PG&E crews also responded and said power should be restored to the neighborhood by about 6:45 p.m.