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Homes evacuated after Crawley electricity substation explodes
7:47am Wednesday 10th July 2013 in News
Residents were evacuated from their homes after an electricity substation exploded.
Four families living in Stonefield Close in the Southgate area of Crawley were evacuated after firefighters set up a cordon around the substation at about 7.45pm last night.
Residents living next door to the substation heard the explosion and called firefighters.
The explosion released oil from the substation which then caught alight.
Fire crews spent about an hour tackling the blaze before handing over the situation to UK Power Networks.
The fire caused a power cut to homes throughout the surrounding area.
Watch commander Lee Walton said: “A fault within the substation created a small explosion which burst the side of the substation and all the oil fell out and it was that which was alight.
“The substation was totally secure, the incident was accidental and nothing malicious about it.”
Residents were allowed back into their homes later that night.
A UK Power Networks spokesman said: "At 7.36pm yesterday (July 9), 1,005 customers in the Stonefield Close area of Crawley experienced an interruption to their power supplies because of a fault at an electricity substation.
"UK Power Networks engineers restored supplies to the majority of customers in just over an hour with the remaining customers having power again, in various groups, by 10.40pm.
"Repairs will be carried out in the next few days to restore the distribution network to its usual reliable state.
"We appreciate how difficult it can be to lose power and would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by this incident."
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