Over 2,000 lose power in Pittsfield, Lanesborough after utility pole catches fire

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PITTSFIELD — More than 2,000 city residents lost power on Friday after a utility pole caught fire on Crane Avenue.

The fire was the result of an equipment failure, said Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress, adding power was expected to be restored by 5 p.m.

Ress said Eversource intentionally shut down the power in order to repair the damaged pole. She said about 500 residents only experienced an outage for about a minute, while about 1,600 more in Pittsfield and Lanesborough saw a more sustained outage. The damaged pole is on the corner of Crane Avenue and Benedict Road.

The power went out at 2:52 p.m. after the pole's "recloser" failed and caught fire, she said. That particular piece of equipment acts like a circuit breaker, popping open and shutting down power if it senses a problem on the line, like a squirrel or a branch.

Instead, she said, "this one failed and caught fire."

Reach Amanda Drane at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter or at 413-496-6296.

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