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Power outage caused by fire fixed

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A power outage this morning in Fort Richmond that affected about 1,600 customers was fixed by about 9:30 a.m.

Glenn Schneider, a spokesman with Manitoba Hydro, said there was a pole-top fire caused by this morning’s wet weather.

"We had some sort of snowy condition which creates a muddy surface," Schneider explained. "Mud on the insulator creates a path for the electricity to flow from the conductor to the supporting wood pole."

As a result, the current started a fire on the wood.

"There’s been several of those this spring," Schneider said.

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