Road closed and power cuts after electricity pole catches fire

The pole caught fire near Glenbarr. Photograph: Police Scotland.

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The A83 was closed overnight and homes were left without power after an electricity pole caught fire near Glenbarr.

Police received a call at about 7.30pm last Sunday reporting that there was a pole on fire and power lines down on the road at Glenbarr. Shortly afterwards, at 7.47pm, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) engineers were alerted to reports of a fault on the electricity network serving the village.

The fault initially affected 110 properties in the area which had their electricity restored in stages – 41 properties had power restored at 9.54pm, with the remaining 69 fully restored at 4.21am on Monday.

Police officers and fire fighters attended and the road was closed and traffic diverted through Glenbarr village. BEAR Scotland also attended to provide diversion signs and manage the road closure.

SSEN engineers made the area safe before fire fighters used a hose reel jet to extinguish the pole on fire. Engineers then replaced the damaged wooden electricity pole and repaired the power lines.

The road remained closed overnight and reopened at 5am when the repair was complete.

A spokesperson from SSEN said: ‘We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank our customers for their patience as our engineers worked throughout the night to safely restore power as quickly as possible.’

SSEN believes the fault was caused by a previous lightning strike which had damaged equipment near Rosehill Farm.