Explosion then power cut in 2,722 households

HUNDREDS of householders were left without electricity last night (SUN) after an explosion at a sub station.

Firefighters were called to the station at the junction of Elphinstone Road an The Ridge at 8pm after reports of an explosion after residents felt the blast. They spotted fire and smoke on arrival and cordoned off the area.

A total of 2,722 customers lost power in The Ridge area. Engineers worked through the night to restore the supply with 686 back on within half an hour and another 326 by 9.19pm. Another 1,634 were back on 10.11pm. Power returned to the final 76 at 2.43am today.

UK Power Networks spokeswoman Kate Parkin said: “We understand how difficult it can be to be without power and apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

Keith Morris, watch commander at The Ridge Fire Station, said: “When we arrived there was a crowd of people. Residents had come to have a look after hearing an explosion. They said it shook their houses. There was smoke and small fires so we just make the place safe and called in UK Power. Their engineers said the cause was potenital moisture inside the station.”