Power pole fire in Deep Brook

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier
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Bear River Fire Dept. responded to a pole fire at the bottom of Purdy Road in Deep Brook where it meets Hwy 1, Saturday evening at 5 p.m.

Organizations: Bear River Fire Dept.

Geographic location: Deep Brook, Purdy Road

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  • Jonathan Riley reporter
    January 30, 2013 - 13:43

    A pole fire is when a (telephone or power) pole, is on fire -- as pictured (see especially picture #3). They generally start when some insulation fails and the electricity either begins sparking or causes heat which catches the wood in the pole on fire. Sometimes it is just the equipment itself that burns. I dont know the exact cause in this instance but when firefighters arrived they observed bright brilliant arcing - some short in the equipment. Hope that helps.

  • Deborah Trask
    January 30, 2013 - 13:32

    Hi, what exactly is a pole fire and how does the fire start. Thank-you. Debbie Trask. LaSalle Quebec