Power restored quick after fire

RAIN may have sparked a power pole fire which blacked out as many as 1400 properties in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

The fire on Park Beach Road burnt the top of the pole which toppled onto powerlines below, according to firefighters.

Country Energy crews spotted the damage during their routine work and took immediate action to make the network safe and undertake repairs.

“The emergency power supply interruption was necessary to ensure public safety and the safety of our electricity network,” said Country Energy regional general manager Brian Mclean.

“Despite our rigorous maintenance program, sometimes factors beyond our control such as weather and wildlife can impact on the network, causing damage and interrupting power supplies to local residents.

“Crews isolated the fault and undertook immediate repairs allowing them to progressively restore power to most customers by 1pm with remaining customers by 3.45pm.

“I’d like to thank customers for their patience while we worked to repair the damage and I apologise for any inconvenience the interruption may have caused. We’re still investigating the cause of the damage however we believe that rain may have been a contributing factor.”



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