Ely Ave. Blocked, Power Outages Reported After Pole Fire In Norwalk

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The Norwalk Fire Department blocks Ely Avenue with fire engines on Tuesday morning after a pole caught fire, causing power outages through the neighborhood.
The Norwalk Fire Department blocks Ely Avenue with fire engines on Tuesday morning after a pole caught fire, causing power outages through the neighborhood. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
The power pole is still smoldering after a Tuesday morning fire on Ely Avenue in Norwalk.
The power pole is still smoldering after a Tuesday morning fire on Ely Avenue in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
The power pole is still smoldering after a Tuesday morning fire on Ely Avenue in Norwalk.
The power pole is still smoldering after a Tuesday morning fire on Ely Avenue in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
The power pole is still smoldering after a Tuesday morning fire on Ely Avenue in Norwalk.
The power pole is still smoldering after a Tuesday morning fire on Ely Avenue in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

Updated 11:45 a.m.: Connecticut Light & Power crews are working to restore power in Norwalk after a broken utility pole caused outages for more than 1,000 customers.

Customers in the area of Ely Avenue should start seeing power restoration by about noon, CL&P spokesman Frank Poirot said. Full restoration to the area is expected at about 1 p.m., he said.

As of 11:45 a.m. there were 1,045 customers without power, representing 3 percent of all CL&P customers in Norwalk. By 12:05 p.m., only 175 customers were without power. 

The cause of the power pole fire had still not been determined, Poirot said.

Original Story: NORWALK, Conn. -- Portions of Ely Avenue are blocked off and Connecticut Light & Power is reporting power outages after a power pole caught fire Tuesday morning in Norwalk, officials said.

Fire engines from the Norwalk Fire Department were blocking Ely Avenue as they waited on CL&P crews to arrive, said Norwalk Fire Capt. Ward Hope.

A utility pole burned through at the scene, causing the power outages, Hope said. It apparently arced three times, leading people to believe that it was a transformer explosion, he said.

The fire department does not know what caused the fire, he said. CL&P will determine the cause and make the repairs, Hope said.

The fire crews didn't put out a fire, he said. The poles are still smoldering, but it would require special equipment to put out, Hope said.

No injuries were reported. Fire officials were going around the neighborhood and telling people to stay indoors until repairs are made. 

A total of 1,092 customers, or about 4 percent of the city, were without power after the fire. But by 10:40 a.m., the number of outages had been reduced to 310 customers. 

Ely Avenue is blocked off and traffic is being diverted from the area near Ryan Court. 

The fire was reported just after 9 a.m. on Ely Avenue. 

It was not clear when the outages would be restored. 

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