Pole fire leaves 200 without power

Jan 27 2013 - 11:18pm

WEST POINT -- A power pole caught fire Sunday night, leaving some 200 or more homes here without power.

After the 8 p.m. fire on the pole at 4500 W. 1500 North was put out within half an hour, Rocky Mountain Power officials estimated it might be as long as five hours before power could be restored, North Davis Fire District Capt. Scott Call said.

The three power lines to the pole did not break but were damaged, and crews had to wait for any remaining power in the lines to be shut off before they could douse the flames.

"Water is a great conductor of electricity," Call said.

The pole also held a transformer, which he said is the probable cause of the fire. Heat and energy from the transformer likely leaked into the wooden pole to eventually ignite it just above the transformer, he said.

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