Pa. cellphone tower fire caused by welder’s torch

    Police say a fire at a suburban Philadelphia cellphone tower was sparked by a welder’s torch.

    The 75-foot-tall cellphone tower caught fire Friday and was leaning, prompting evacuations of nearby homes.

    The flames have been extinguished. There are no reports of injuries.

    Bensalem police Sgt. Andrew Aninsman says the fire broke out while telecommunications work was being done.

    Cellular carriers have rerouted to use other towers.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Together we can reach 100% of WHYY’s fiscal year goal