Fire caused lengthy power outage

A transmission pole fire Monday evening in Harmony Twp. caused more than 2,000 Ohio Edison customers to lose power in Clark County, some for several hours.

Most customers had their power restored by late Monday night. But at least 90 customers were still without power at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, said Tim Suter, an area manager at First Energy.

First Energy crews began receiving calls about 5:30 p.m. Monday after a wire came loose and caused the pole to catch fire, Suter said.

The outage effected residents in various parts of the county, including Harmony Twp., Springfield Twp., South Charleston and Moorefield Twp. Businesses in the Prime Ohio and Airpark Ohio industrial parks also lost power.

Suter said customers who were still without power should have it restored Tuesday. According to Ohio Edison’s web site, the area was expected to be back up by Tuesday night.

He said the delay in power restoration was caused by the need to replace the 70-foot transmission pole and weather conditions.

“It was very difficult to get around last night,” Suter said.

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