Power pole comes to rest on house in West Glad­stone

The Observer - - NEWS - Mark Zita

MORE than 200 prop­er­ties were left with­out power for about seven hours af­ter a power pole fell and landed on the roof of a house in West Glad­stone yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to a house on the cor­ner of Byrne Street and Smith Street af­ter mid­day, and po­lice im­me­di­ately closed the area for safety con­cerns.

Er­gon En­ergy crews im­me­di­ately re­sponded to the in­ci­dent, and cut power to the area in or­der to safely re­pair the dam­age.

Power for houses in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity, in­clud­ing those on Rigby and Mat­son Cres and Up­per Piper, Patrick, Pater­son, Har­vey and Bus­teed Sts, were af­fected by the power out­age caused by the pole fail­ure.

Spokesman Ty Marega said they apol­o­gise to cus­tomers who have been in­con­ve­nienced by the out­age.

“We’re ap­peal­ing for their pa­tience,” Mr Marega said.

Er­gon does not know what caused the power pole to go down, but Mr Marega said the pole will be re­placed.

“No one was in­jured as a re­sult of the power pole fail­ure,” he said.

“We’re still de­ter­min­ing ex­actly what caused that pole to fail.”

Mr Marega re­minds res­i­dents to stay clear of power lines if they fall to the ground. Give us a call on 13 16 70 if you come across fallen power lines.”

Er­gon es­ti­mated power would be re­stored to af­fected house­holds by 7pm last night.

Photo: Mike Richards GLA091118POLE

ON A LEAN: A power pole has fallen over a house in Smith Street, West Glad­stone.

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