A STREET lamp on fire in Isabella Street caused quite a stir on Monday.
A local Fire and Rescue crew attended and soon set about ensuring the safety of bystanders, and police officers were also in attendance.
Led by deputy captain Michael Davy, the fire fighters could only stand and swelter in the midday sun as they closed the area to pedestrians and traffic until Essential Energy staff arrived. Power was isolated to two street lamps, one obviously aflame, the other appearing to have also sustained damage.
The power was out for a little over an hour which was apparently frustrating for some and a welcome break for others.
After the fire crews re-opened the footpath and the police re-opened Isabella Street in both directions, Essential Energy worked to restore power.
The fire was first noticed around 1.30pm and concerned locals set about looking for owners of the cars parked directly under the lamp.
With a gentle breeze blowing there was some concern among bystanders that embers may spread. Drivers moved their cars and the fire truck soon moved in.
Power was re-stored at 2.40pm after Essential Energy staff were able to identify the faulty wires and remove the fuses in the two street lamps.
A worker for Essential Energy said the fault was due to old wiring that had become exposed and touched the sides of the inside of the housing shorting out both lamps.
WHEN Wingham Fire and Rescue attended the street lamp fire on Monday, it was on the back of a series of call outs at the weekend.
The Wingham Strike Force Tanker was called to the Port Stephens bush fires said Deputy captain Michael Davy. No crew attended the Port Stephens fires but were kept busy nonetheless.
Deputy captain Davy said the Wingham crew had been called out twice to Coles but both times it was a false alarm. They were also called to a trailer fire in McPherson street on Saturday and deputy captain Davy said Fire and Rescue were experiencing more call outs than normal.
He praised his employers and all the employers of retained fire fighters who give time off to the firies who are on 24 hour call.