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Utility pole catches fire, knocks out power to nearly 800 in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — The Fort Kent Fire Department and Emera Maine crews responded early Thursday morning to a report of a utility pole on fire on St. John Road that temporarily knocked out power to 787 customers in the Fort Kent area.

Ten firefighters responded to the scene along with one engine and one heavy rescue truck at about 3:20 a.m.

“The crossarm on top of the pole tilted and one of the wires came in contact with the pole,” Fire Chief Endee said of what ignited the fire.

The firefighters blocked off part of the St. John Road for safety until Emera Crews arrived.

“We were concerned that wires might come down into the road so we blocked one lane off,” Endee said.

The fire tripped a breaker at Sunnyfield Drive which knocked out power to area residents and also cut the source of power to the fire, Endee said.

Emera crews repaired the pole and the breaker, and power service was safely restored by 6:25 a.m., according to an Emera Maine spokesperson.

Emera customers can report power outages via the company’s website or by calling their Customer Contact Center at (207) 973-2000 or 1-855-EMERA11 (1-855-363-7211).

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