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Utility pole fire shuts down I-30

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ROWLETT, Texas -

A utility pole fire in Rowlett forced the closing of Interstate 30 at Dalrock Road in both directions on Thursday.

The closure affected the portion of I-30 between Garland and Rowlett, preventing vehicles from using the bridge spanning Lake Ray Hubbard, and prompting a major traffic jam.

Rowlett Battalion Fire Chief Sean Fay said electrical wires had caught fire sometime around 9:20 a.m., eventually setting the pole ablaze.

The small fire burning toward the top of the wooden pole, located outside a Valero gas station, had virtually eaten through the pole.

Officials feared the top of the pole would fall off and bring power lines with it.

Just before 11 a.m., the power supply was cut and a utility truck raised an Oncor worker to the top of the pole, where he used a fire extinguisher to snuff out the flames.

The charred pole wobbled precariously and the danger remained as fire crews and utility workers surveyed the situation.

However, just before 11:30 a.m., officials re-opened I-30 in both directions.

There were no reports of significant power outages.

Oncor said it was not immediately clear if the pole would be replaced or repaired.

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