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Investigators Scrutinize Power Pole for Link to Deadly Fire

Investigators Scrutinize Power Pole for Link to Deadly Fire



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NEOLA, Utah (AP) -- Authorities trying to pinpoint the cause of the deadly Neola North fire have removed parts of a power pole as part of their investigation.

A Moon Lake Electric Association staffer says the pole's cross arm and lightning arrested are being stored in a locked shed at the request of federal agents.

So far, investigators have refused to discuss the cause of the fire, but weather is not thought to be a factor.

As of today, the fire had burned more than 43,600 acres, killed three and destroyed at least a dozen homes.

On Thursday, investigators photographed the pole and met with electric company executives.

The electricity cooperative's insurance company has its own investigators looking at the fire.

Officials say the fire is 55 percent contained and has cost $4.9 million to fight so far.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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