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Equipment failure cause of early morning outage

Equipment failure on top of a power line pole was the apparent cause of a 51-minute power outage early Thursday affecting 350 customers.The outage occurred from about 3:50 a.m. to approximately 5:40 a.m."A piece of equipment on a power pole malfu...

Equipment failure on top of a power line pole was the apparent cause of a 51-minute power outage early Thursday affecting 350 customers.
The outage occurred from about 3:50 a.m. to approximately 5:40 a.m.
“A piece of equipment on a power pole malfunctioned and burned, causing a cross-arm fire,” said Cris Oehler, vice president of public relations for Otter Tail Power Co. “The fire caused one of lines to short out, resulting in an outage on our northeast circuit.”
Jamestown Fire Department responded to the call of the pole sparking on 8th Street Northeast between 2nd and 3rd streets Northeast.
Lt. Sheldon Mohr of the Jamestown Fire Department said the pole had stopped sparking and didn’t require any action by firefighters other than blocking 8th Street in the area of the equipment failure and waiting for utility repair crews to arrive.
“We stood by and made sure the fire did not extend anywhere else,” Mohr said. “Once Otter Tail got there we turned it over to them.”
A nearby homeowner said there were two “bangs” and the power went out immediately following. There was no obvious reason why the equipment failed by looking at the pole, he said.
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