A power pole fire in the 100 block of Fifth Street and Lacy Way prompted an emergency notification to residents in the immediate area, instructing them to remain inside their homes at 10:11 p.m. last night.
According to Turlock Police Public Information Officer Mayra Lewis, Turlock Fire Department Engine 31 responded to the scene, isolated the area, and requested that residents be notified to shelter in place. TFD extinguished the fire after the Turlock Irrigation District shut off the power. Power was restored shortly thereafter and there were no injuries or secondary fires as a result of the incident.
TID Spokesperson Michelle Reimers says the cause of the fire was likely weather related. She explained that a combination of dust and light rain or drizzle can cause the power poles to become conductive – especially with the first rain of the season. This morning alone TID has responded to more than 15 power pole fires throughout its service area, and expects further incidents. Reimers says most power outages will be limited to just a few customers at a time. All TID crews and contractors are out servicing calls as they come in. TID encourages customers to be patient.
For more information on power outages, visit www.tid.com/customer-service.