NEW ALBANY — Power has been restored to the more than 2,000 Duke Energy customers in New Albany who lost it Monday morning after an electric pole caught fire. 

A representative of Duke confirmed that the outage to 2,051 customers was caused when a cross arm support bracket made contact with a power line, causing the top two feet of the pole to catch fire. 

The fire was extinguished and crews began repairs. The outage lasted from 10:43 a.m. to 12:49 p.m. and affected customers in an area between Water Street in the South, Beeler in the North and stretching from East to West between parts of Bank and Silver streets.

Aprile Rickert is the crime and courts reporter at the News and Tribune. Contact her via email at or by phone at 812-206-2115. Follow her on Twitter: @Aperoll27.

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