LAURINBURG — A hit-and-run driver was not the cause of Nic’s Pic Kwik on Aberdeen Road being without power for about half a day this week.
The power outage occurred at at 2 a.m. Wednesday and stayed out for about 12 hours. Visitors to the darkened store found the doors locked for most of the morning.
Dean Nichols, who manages the business, said a spark caused a utility pole to melt and down some lines. A nearby home and a warehouse were also affected. Power was also cut to the railroad signals beside the store.
Robert Smith, director of the city of Laurinburg Electrical Department, said the outage happened sometime between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
After seeing the damaged pole, some customers were under the impression that a truck struck it causing the fire and the outage.
“I thought one of those big trucks backed into the pole and took off,” one customer said. “That is what it looked like.”
Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams said his department did not respond because there had been no collision.
“Nothing happened, there was no accident,” he said.
Duke Energy had someone on site when the problem was reported, but work didn’t start until 6 a.m. when workers from Asheville were called in to set the pole.
An employee of the store said it reopened at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 910-506-3171.