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Hwy. 144 in Dowling reopens after fire

A photo of a hydro pole on fire posted to the by the HWY 144 Chelmsford to Timmins Facebook page by a member on Feb. 10/24. (Image from Facebook/Luc Desbiens) A photo of a hydro pole on fire posted to the by the HWY 144 Chelmsford to Timmins Facebook page by a member on Feb. 10/24. (Image from Facebook/Luc Desbiens)
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Highway 144 has reopened after being closed at Sturgeon Street in the Greater Sudbury community of Dowling due to a fire on Saturday.

Saturday at about 5:20 p.m., the Ministry of Transportation’s Ontario 511 service said that the roadway was closed in both directions.

511 tweeted that the roadway fully reopened shortly after 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.

“Highway 144 is closed in both directions at Sturgeon Street in Dowling due to a fire,” said Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on ‘X,’ formerly Twitter, shortly before 6 p.m.

“OPP on scene.”

In a message to CTV News on Sunday, Greater Sudbury Deputy Fire Chief Jesse Oshell said it was strictly an electrical fire and there were not injuries reported as a result.

The social media group ‘HWY 144 Chelmsford to Timmins’ had a discussion about the closure on Saturday and member Luc Desbiens posted a photo showing a hydro pole on fire.

A photo of a hydro pole on fire posted to the by the HWY 144 Chelmsford to Timmins Facebook page by a member on Feb. 10/24. (Image from Facebook/Luc Desbiens)The ministry said one lane had reopened in an update at about 6:25 p.m.

Police have not released any details of the severity of the fire, its cause or the extent of any damages.

Check back to CTVNorthernOntario.ca for more information on this developing story.

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