Lightning strike sets power pole on fire, forces 45-minute outage

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A lightning bolt from a Wednesday evening thunderstorm led to a power pole catching on fire later that night. More than 1,000 Powell households and businesses temporarily lost power around midnight while the pole was extinguished. The Powell Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the flaming pole on East Fourth Street, between Ingalls and Jones streets, at 11:36 p.m. Armed with a fire extinguisher and water hose provided by the fire department, City of Powell lineman/electrician Rick Larson went up to the pole in a bucket truck and put out the fire. The entire south side of Powell and a few people on the north side of town lost power between 11:50 p.m. Wednesday and 12:35 a.m. Thursday while the pole was dealt with, said City of Powell...

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