Power cuts after fire scare at electricity substation

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More than 600 homes and businesses were left without power on Sunday afternoon (August 2) following a fire scare at an electricity substation.

Firefighters were called to the scene at Brassey Road at 4.50pm following reports of a suspected fire at the substation.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said there were “signs of a shortage” at the substation and crews made the area safe.

The incident knocked out the power to a number of properties on the edge of the town centre for around an hour as UK Power Networks’ engineers worked to fix the fault.

A spokesperson for UK Power Networks told the Observer said the fault was fixed quickly.

She said: “A fault on a piece of equipment at an electricity substation in Brassey Road, Bexhill, interrupted power supplies to 605 customers at 4.48pm on Sunday.

“UK Power Networks engineers responded as quickly as possible and managed to reconnect all the power supplies within an hour, by 5.45pm.

“We thank customers for their understanding while we worked to reconnect their supplies and we’re sorry for any inconvenience caused.”