Electricity substation fire cut power to 8,000 homes in Burnley

Power has been restored to around 8,000 homes in Burnley, which were temporarily cut off following an explosion at a substation in the early hours of yesterday.

The fire occurred in the early hours
The fire occurred in the early hours

The incident happened around 2-35am when a fire broke out following a gas explosion at the sub-station in Brownside Road, Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood.

A spokesmann for Electricity North West said: “A fault with electrical equipment caused the loss of power to 8,017 properties at 2-34am yesterday.

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“We responded immediately and by using our automatic restoration system, we were able to restore power to 4,384 properties in a few minutes and a further 1,395 properties within the hour.

“Engineers attended site and restored power to the remaining 2,238 properties at 12-05pm.

“If anyone needs any more information during a power cut, they can follow Electricity North West on Twitter or Facebook for updates, or call us free on 105.”

Two fire crews from Nelson worked with Electricity Northwest and Cadant engineers, and used a powder extinguisher and thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire.

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The powercut has also forced the temporary closure of nearby Worsthorne Primary School which was without water and power.