Fire appliances were called to an address on Nicholls Road yesterday following an electrical short in the mains power supply to the property.
Waipukurau Deputy Fire Chief Glen Millar said an electrical flash created a strong smell of burning plastic, with the flash blowing a power pole fuse, which it is designed to do.
He said fire crews checked the property using a thermal imaging camera.
The call came in just before 3pm yesterday.
Hiranui Road remains closed to traffic following recent bad weather.
The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council yesterday posted an update of the worst affected roads in the district.
With Hiranui Road closed, a detour is in place via Te Awa Road and Farm Road/Motere Road.
Elsewhere, traffic lights are to be installed on Wimbledon Road, with geotechnical drawings currently being reviewed.
Drone surveys have also been carried out on Whangaehu Road and Cooks Tooth Road at Porangahau, with geologists on site on Cooks Tooth Road this week.
Central Hawke’s Bay College will roster students home each day next week as it deals with staff shortages.
Principal Lance Christiansen said in a newsletter yesterday that the school will not have enough relievers to cover for staff who are going to be absent for planned school events and probable staff illness.
Year 9 students will be rostered home on Monday, Year 10 Tuesday, Year 11 Wednesday, Year 12 Thursday, and Year 13 on Friday.
Mr Christiansen apologised for any disruption and anticipates the need to roster home will only be for next week.