Electrical fire leaves homes without power

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HOMES in Whitby were left without power on Tuesday night after an electrical pole caught fire.

Around ten homes on Eastway lost their electric supply while others in the area suffered intermittent losses of power and flickering lights.

A fire crew from Whitby were called to the pole at about 11.30pm but the fire had burnt itself out by the time they got there.

A fire spokesman said it is thought something had shorted in one of the mains connections causing a small fire at the base of the pole.

They stayed at the scene for safety reasons and in case it caused a fire in one of the properties until the electric board arrived to fix the problem,