Fire knocks out power in Maumelle

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Maumelle firefighters spray water on a burning utility pole off Murphy Drive. The fire knocked out power to 2,261 Entergy customers in the city. Photos courtesy Maumelle Fire Department

Tuesday afternoon, Maumelle firefighters extinguished a burning utility pole in city’s industrial park, which allowed the restoration of power to a large number of Maumelle residents.

Engine 1, Engine 2 and volunteer firefighters were originally dispatched at 7:48 a.m. for a report of a grass fire with electric lines down behind in the 800 block of Murphy Drive. Firefighters arrived to find a utility pole that had burned in two. Unable to extinguish the fire with water because of energized electric lines, firefighters ensured the fire would not spread and stood watch until officials from Entergy arrived on scene.

The pole continued to burn throughout the day as electric workers isolated the problem. Entergy personnel summoned firefighters back to the scene shortly before 1 p.m. after shutting off power to the immediate area and deeming the electric lines to be safe. Members of Engine 1 quickly extinguished the fire with water from their on-board tank.

Electricity was restored to all residents and businesses affected by the outage by mid-afternoon. At one point, Entergy reported as many as 2,621 customers had been without power.

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