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UPDATE: Fire caused utility pole to snap along Highway 218

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

UPDATE: MidAmerican Energy says a fire caused a utility pole to snap along Highway 218 in Black Hawk County on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for the energy company says the fire was most likely caused by an insulator on the pole itself. The ensuing outage last just over two hours and affected 45 customers in Waterloo, with power being restored around 5:54 p.m. yesterday evening. The company then replaced the pole, with work ending around 6:30 a.m. this morning.

Highway 218 was briefly closed in both directions yesterday evening while repair work began.

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Original Story:

A utility pole has snapped in half above Hwy 218 near the Isle Casino in Waterloo.

The highway is shut down in both directions. 

We have a crew on scene. Stay with KWWL for updates. 

Producer Zach Garcia contributed to this report.

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