At least 37 Pasco residents were without power early Monday morning after a utility pole caught fire.
Pasco fire crews responded about 12:30 a.m. near Ella Street and Road 30 to reports of a small fire in the area, said Dave Hare, assistant fire chief.
The fire started when a few dirty brackets on the power pole overheated, which is often referred to as “tracking,” said Debbie Bone-Harris, public affairs manager for the Franklin PUD.
The problem is most common when bolts are mounted directly on the power pole and don’t have a fiberglass arm, she said.
Franklin PUD crews had power restored about 6:30 a.m. No other property was damaged.