It was a chilly morning for some Ngongotaha residents after a car hit a power pole early this morning, cutting off power to about 86 properties.

Rotorua Fire Brigade senior station officer Jim Prescott said staff were called after the accident on Hood St in Ngongotaha about 2.53am.

He said nobody was trapped and the people in the car had left the scene when the fire service arrived, leaving their car behind.

Mr Prescott said the Ngongotaha Volunteer Fire Brigade were first to arrive and contained the scene, disconnecting the battery from the car.

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Area affected by the power cut. Photo/Unison
Area affected by the power cut. Photo/Unison

According to the Unison website workers were called to the site on Hood St at 2.44am, power to some properties had been restored with 86 customers affected.

It estimated the job would be complete by midday today, however Hood St resident Christina said she was still waiting for power to be restored.

"I woke up to it after hearing a big bang and got up to have a look and there were sparks flying. I could see what was happening through my bedroom window.

Unison staff fixing the damaged lines in Ngongotaha this morning. Photo/Ben Fraser
Unison staff fixing the damaged lines in Ngongotaha this morning. Photo/Ben Fraser

"I saw a man and a woman talking ... then a white car pulled up and they left.

"We're still just waiting for the power to come back on. It's been quite an inconvenience. The [Unison] guys have been going since 4am and I do feel sorry for them, poor guys, it was cold this morning," Christina said.

Rotorua police were not available for comment this morning.

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