1,700 homes without power after fire at electricity substation

1,700 homes without power after fire at electricity substation

Smoke seen billowing from the substation. Picture by Kim Gillio

Firefighters at the scene. Picture by Della Cheshire.

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UPDATE: 510 homes are currently without power. Fire crews say some of the electrical gear has been "completely destroyed" and fear some customers may still be without power tomorrow morning. UK Power Networks still hopes everyone will be reconnected in the early hours of the morning.

MORE than 2,000 homes lost power when a fire broke out in an electricity substation.

Power was restored within two minutes, but nearly 1,700 homes were plunged into darkness again minutes later.

Firefighters were called to Manor Way, Kemp Town, at 7.15pm.

Three crews, from Preston Circus and Roedean, were at the scene.

A UK Power Networks spokesman said: "A UK Power Networks engineers are working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power supplies to 1,699 customers in the Manor Way area of Brighton after a fault on the high-voltage electricity distribution network.

"At 7.03pm today (August 6), 2,018 customers lost power. All bar one of the these customers had power again within two minutes but a subsequent connected fault in the area meant another 1,698 customers lost supplies at 7.18pm.

"We appreciate how difficult it can be to lose power and would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by this incident."

At 9.30pm UK Power Networks ‏tweeted that staff are on site and hope to get homes reconnected at about 1am.

Bridget Harrison, 71, who lives with her son Michael Harris, 43, on Manor Green said: “I was watching TV and it went off. I said ‘oh crumbs, what’s happening’.

"Then it came back on for a couple of minutes and went off again.

"Then my son woke up and said is it the power, I looked on the trip switches and I didn’t see anything so I opened the door to see if any of the neighbours were on the street. Then I saw the fire engines were coming down.

“There was black smoke coming up from the station so they told us to get out of our bungalows in case there was an explosion. They taped it all off.

"Our concern is about the ones who live on the street who are disabled.

“I’ve been here 12 years and I’ve never seen this before. I was waiting for Coronation Street to come on so I missed that, we’re all moaning about missing the soaps but now we’re concerned about the food in the freezer and the gentleman down the street is worried about his tropical fish tank.”

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8:36pm Wed 6 Aug 14

wolfie says...

blimey when did we become east surrey ?????????????
blimey when did we become east surrey ????????????? wolfie
  • Score: -1

8:41pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Bill in Hanover says...

wolfie wrote:
blimey when did we become east surrey ?????????????
About the same time as Manor Way was transplanted to Kemp Town from Whitehawk.
[quote][p][bold]wolfie[/bold] wrote: blimey when did we become east surrey ?????????????[/p][/quote]About the same time as Manor Way was transplanted to Kemp Town from Whitehawk. Bill in Hanover
  • Score: 6

8:58pm Wed 6 Aug 14

MasonStorm says...

Shocking
Shocking MasonStorm
  • Score: 4

9:03pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jayjayj90 says...

Bill in Hanover wrote:
wolfie wrote:
blimey when did we become east surrey ?????????????
About the same time as Manor Way was transplanted to Kemp Town from Whitehawk.
i have that debate all the time with my other half. she says its in kemp town and i say whitehawk is from the roundabout up
[quote][p][bold]Bill in Hanover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wolfie[/bold] wrote: blimey when did we become east surrey ?????????????[/p][/quote]About the same time as Manor Way was transplanted to Kemp Town from Whitehawk.[/p][/quote]i have that debate all the time with my other half. she says its in kemp town and i say whitehawk is from the roundabout up jayjayj90
  • Score: 0

9:15pm Wed 6 Aug 14

vogon1 says...

Linguistic garnish .Manor way is NOT kemp town. It just sounds more agreeable.
Linguistic garnish .Manor way is NOT kemp town. It just sounds more agreeable. vogon1
  • Score: 1

9:22pm Wed 6 Aug 14

rolivan says...

I thought it was Manor Farm
I thought it was Manor Farm rolivan
  • Score: 4

9:23pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Valerie Paynter says...

Brighton i360 Ltd - the arms length vehicle protecting Marks & Barfield from future financial liability for the i360 - intend to put a sub-station into the arches on site to power their lift shaft. And according to Development Control do not need a planning application to put one in. It HAS to be a major fire risk!
Brighton i360 Ltd - the arms length vehicle protecting Marks & Barfield from future financial liability for the i360 - intend to put a sub-station into the arches on site to power their lift shaft. And according to Development Control do not need a planning application to put one in. It HAS to be a major fire risk! Valerie Paynter
  • Score: -4

9:34pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Saker-Clive says...

rolivan wrote:
I thought it was Manor Farm
It is the Bristol Estate........ as stated on the 37 bus ;-)
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: I thought it was Manor Farm[/p][/quote]It is the Bristol Estate........ as stated on the 37 bus ;-) Saker-Clive
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jayjayj90 says...

power is back on for most
power is back on for most jayjayj90
  • Score: 2

9:53pm Wed 6 Aug 14

jayjayj90 says...

today august 6th 2018?????
today august 6th 2018????? jayjayj90
  • Score: 0

9:53pm Wed 6 Aug 14

planetclaire says...

Manor Way is in Manor Farm, which is neither Kemp Town or Bristol Estate
Manor Way is in Manor Farm, which is neither Kemp Town or Bristol Estate planetclaire
  • Score: 4

9:54pm Wed 6 Aug 14

planetclaire says...

rolivan wrote:
I thought it was Manor Farm
it is in Manor Farm
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: I thought it was Manor Farm[/p][/quote]it is in Manor Farm planetclaire
  • Score: 1

10:10pm Wed 6 Aug 14

calro75 says...

Horrific that people are missing the soaps.
Horrific that people are missing the soaps. calro75
  • Score: 13

10:49pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Jetsamandflotsam says...

calro75 wrote:
Horrific that people are missing the soaps.
Don't worry, it will be back on in time for Jeremy Kyle.
[quote][p][bold]calro75[/bold] wrote: Horrific that people are missing the soaps.[/p][/quote]Don't worry, it will be back on in time for Jeremy Kyle. Jetsamandflotsam
  • Score: 4

11:09pm Wed 6 Aug 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Lets not hope it doesn't lead to a population explosion...when the 52inch plasma goes blank and there's no 'lectric' to boil a kettle for the pot noodle...
Lets not hope it doesn't lead to a population explosion...when the 52inch plasma goes blank and there's no 'lectric' to boil a kettle for the pot noodle... From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 8

11:12pm Wed 6 Aug 14

MrHove says...

Nice to see her son waking up at a reasonable time.
Nice to see her son waking up at a reasonable time. MrHove
  • Score: 2

7:21am Thu 7 Aug 14

monkeymoo says...

It took 3 crews from Roedean and Preston circus to tackle the fire.

Well done to our lovely Fire Authority, who have decided to get rid of one of these crews!

Lets hope nothing ever catches fire again in Brighton & Hove......
#Idiots
It took 3 crews from Roedean and Preston circus to tackle the fire. Well done to our lovely Fire Authority, who have decided to get rid of one of these crews! Lets hope nothing ever catches fire again in Brighton & Hove...... #Idiots monkeymoo
  • Score: 3

7:38am Thu 7 Aug 14

brighton-news-hound says...

Vote Beryl for Editor in Chief of the Argus. This has to be the most entertaining article I have read in years and all from the lips of Mrs Harrison of Manor Green! I do hope we get an update on the tropical fish.
Vote Beryl for Editor in Chief of the Argus. This has to be the most entertaining article I have read in years and all from the lips of Mrs Harrison of Manor Green! I do hope we get an update on the tropical fish. brighton-news-hound
  • Score: 0

10:19am Thu 7 Aug 14

Ground Sky Ground Sky says...

Never mind the soaps what about the poor tropical fish all happeming in Whithawk lovely fish shop there
Never mind the soaps what about the poor tropical fish all happeming in Whithawk lovely fish shop there Ground Sky Ground Sky
  • Score: 0

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