Thick black smoke was seen rising up into the sky in New Development, Soufriere, when an electricity pole burst into flames today.
The incident occurred sometime around 12:20 p.m. close to the Du Boulay Building Supplies building.
Shortly after residents experienced a power outage.
An eyewitness said she heard a loud noise like if someone was welding and when she looked out, she saw sparks and flames coming from the pole, along with thick black smoke.
A resident also told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the area never experienced this before and everyone was surprised by it.
“LUCELEC has to make sure that this does not happen again. There are businesses in New Development that have been affected by this issue,” the concerned resident explained.
Firefighters from Soufriere were alerted to the incident and responded shortly after. The St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) was also called to assess the situation.
Power was finally restored to the community (New Development) at around 3:40 p.m.