Pole fire sparks outage

Staff

A hydro pole fire just west of Fort Frances late yesterday afternoon left 3,775 Hydro One customers from Alberton to Rainy River without power.
A Hydro One rep said this morning there isn’t an established cause for the pole fire, which was located along Highway 11/71 in Alberton.
“It was a transformer that was on fire,” she noted. “Often it’s lightning, but it can be other causes.
“They haven’t established that yet,” she added.
Power was out from 3:51 p.m.-7:10 p.m.