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Incident - Electricity Pole Fire

Date: 08/07/2020
Time: 18:17
Location: M5 Northbound between junction 23 and 24
Area: Somerset
County: Somerset

Fire control received calls to report an electricity pole on fire at the above location. Fire control sent two fire engines from Bridgwater and one fire engine from Burnham-on-Sea.

Once the crew got in attendance the officer in charge confirmed one electricity pole smouldering. The officer in charger requested the attendance of Western Power to isolate the power supply to the lines and highways to close the M5 in both direction.

While the crews were standing by for the power to be isolated the pole had fallen due to fire damage. The fire burn out naturally and the incident was handed over to Western Power and Highways England.

The area was made safe and the crew returned home station. The cause of this fire is believed to be accidental.

 

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