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Pole fire left 600 Manitoba Hydro customers without power in Swan River

About 600 households in the west side of Swan River, Man., were in the dark after a pole fire knocked out power early Sunday morning.

Most power restored by late morning, with everyone else anticipated to have power back by 1 p.m.

There is an ongoing rotating strike, but Manitoba Hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen said the Crown corporation has implemented contingency plans to ensure emergency and essential services are maintained. (Travis Golby/CBC)

About 600 households in the west side of Swan River, Man., were in the dark after a pole fire knocked out power early Sunday morning.

The outage began at 6:30 a.m., said Bruce Owen, a spokesperson for Manitoba Hydro. Most customers had their power back by 10:30 a.m., with everyone else expected to have power restored around 1 p.m., the Crown corporation posted on social media later Sunday morning.

Crews from Dauphin were helping to replace the pole. That job was anticipated to take several hours because it required equipment and operators to place the new pole, Owen said in an email.

There is an ongoing rotating strike, but Owen said Manitoba Hydro has implemented contingency plans to ensure emergency and essential services are maintained.

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