A truck full of furniture snagged low-hanging power lines near C Avenue and Sultana Street in Hesperia on Thursday afternoon, sparking a fire, sending live wires onto the street and causing traffic to snarl, authorities said.


Officials received reports of an explosion when the truck pulled down the power lines at about 2:25 p.m., causing a power pole to crash into a unit at a nearby apartment complex in the 8000 block of C Avenue.


Aaron Beardsly, who lives in the complex, heard several explosions and came outside to find the power pole in his neighbor's unit.


"I don't think she was home but she has two babies and is pregnant," Beardsly said.


Southern California Edison crews turned off the power to the lines causing a power outage to the area. According to San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials, there were reports of power outages at Main Street and I Avenue.


Witnesses at the scene speculated the truck was there to deliver furniture to a new tenant at the building.


A few minutes after the crash the truck caught fire.


"It was hot with electricity," Beardsly said. "Whatever was inside the truck caught fire then it burned its way out. I don't know how the driver made it out of it."


There were no reports of injuries.


Power was out for several hours after the crash. Crews restored power to nearly all affected homes except 402. Edison officials could not give an estimated time as to when power would be restored to those final locations.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.