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Downed Power Line Knocked Out Power for Church Service

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

Traffic's now moving on Proffit Road in Albemarle County after a fallen power line shut down the road for nearly an hour Sunday morning.

The line fell near the intersection with Polo Grounds Road close to the Wooden Railroad Bridge. Police and firefighters turned drivers around at the scene.

Dominion Power says a cable company wire fell on top of a power line. The utility says only one customer lost power, and it is back on now.

The downed line knocked out power to a church on Easter Sunday. The electricity went out at Cornerstone Life Christian Church just as the congregation was getting ready for its Easter Sunday celebrations. The Sunrise Service at the church was in session when the line snapped.

The church almost had to cancel its big breakfast and main service, but then a friend and a total stranger stepped in to help.

“We heard a pop outside and my husband and another member came running in and said there was a fire on the power line,” said Sandy Paynter, a member of the congregation at Cornerstone Life Christian Church.

Randy Sharp is also a member of the congregation. He says when he heard the pop he jumped into action.

“Being an experienced electrician, I immediately got the public out of the church and I just react that way for safety purposes,” he said.

A broken power line just outside the church stopped traffic for nearly an hour. It also put the church’s Easter breakfast in jeopardy.

“One of our members called a friend of his at DoubleTree and told him what the dilemma was so he said come on to DoubleTree we'll fix you up a pan of eggs,” Paynter said.

So even with the hotel's Easter brunch crowd just hours away, Chef Joseph Chaney whipped up a meal for some total strangers. DoubleTree's general manager says it was no trouble.

“It's nice when you know you have someone you can call on and they'll answer the phone in a pinch and take care of you, it's just what you do for people,” said general manager Mark Hucek.

Back at the church, Paynter says this is an Easter story they'll be telling for years

“That was the miracle for this morning we had our service and we still had our breakfast, and it was an awesome breakfast,” she said.

That breakfast served about 30 people.

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