Fire in Clayton causes more than 1,000 people to be without power

MIAMI VALLEY — Nearly 2,000 people were without power in the Clayton area after a fire Wednesday afternoon.

Around 5 p.m. fire crews were called to 5000 block of Savina Avenue to reports of a power pole on fire, according to fire officials.

When crews got to the back of the house they saw the underground line on fire which then caught the electric meter on the backside of the house on fire.

“We grew up here, this is my mom’s house,” Alex Bryant said.

All the ceilings in the kitchen are gone as the fire spread inside the walls of the house.

Bryant’s mom, sister and three kids had to find somewhere else to sleep Wednesday night due to the damage.

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AES had to cut power to the line, causing around 1,900 people to be without power, so fire crews could put water on the power pole, an AES spokesperson said.

“I’m not an electrician but it does seem weird how it happened,” Bryant said.

The outages made some local businesses have to throw out products or even close their doors for the night.

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Tolga Korahan owns Cafe Terra on North Main Street.

He said the lights were off for about an hour.

While he stayed open, he did have to throw out around 20 main courses and other cooking.

La Fiesta next door to Cafe Terra let customers know on social media that the outage caused them to shut their doors.

We are working to learn what caused the pole to catch fire.

We will update this story as we get new information.