Power restored to 42 homes after fire at Brighton substation

Smoke billowing from the substation

Smoke billowing from the substation

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FORTY-two homes have had their power restored - more than 18 hours after a fire in an electricity substation.

More than 2,000 homes were plunged into darkness at 7.03pm yesterday when fire broke out at the substation off Manor Green, Kemp Town.

Power came back on within minutes only for 1,698 homes to lose supplies again at 7.18pm, continuing well into the evening.

By about 11pm last night 518 homes were still without power as engineers from UK Power Networks battled to restore the supply.

A spokesman for the company said this afternoon: "I’m pleased to report that the final 42 customers affected by last evening’s Manor Road fault had electricity supplies restored at 1.06pm.

"Engineers have been working through the night and into today, restoring supplies to 119 customers at 1.40am, 88 at 1.55am, 72 at 2.09am, 79 at 5.55am and another 110 at 6.21am.

"We appreciate how difficult it can be to lose electricity and hope to restore supplies to the final customers in the next few hours."

Firefighters were called to the substation shortly after 7pm but had to wait until the electricity was isolated before they could begin to fight the fire.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known but it is not being treated as suspicious.

Homes in the immediate area were evacuated as a precaution for about two hours last night in case of an explosion.

Bridget Harrison, 71, who lives with her son Michael Harris, 43, in Manor Green, said last night: “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."

She added: "We are 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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8:08am Thu 7 Aug 14

Tr1stan says...

¿˙˙ɥɔnɯ buıssıɯ sı ǝuoʎuɐ ʇqnop ı ʇnq sǝsnqıuɯo ǝʌɐɥ ʌʇ uo sdɐos ɟo ʇoן ɐ ʎןıʞɔnן
¿˙˙ɥɔnɯ buıssıɯ sı ǝuoʎuɐ ʇqnop ı ʇnq sǝsnqıuɯo ǝʌɐɥ ʌʇ uo sdɐos ɟo ʇoן ɐ ʎןıʞɔnן Tr1stan
  • Score: 8

8:11am Thu 7 Aug 14

Gary @ says...

Tr1stan wrote:
¿˙˙ɥɔnɯ buıssıɯ sı ǝuoʎuɐ ʇqnop ı ʇnq sǝsnqıuɯo ǝʌɐɥ ʌʇ uo sdɐos ɟo ʇoן ɐ ʎןıʞɔnן
That's clever, how did you do that?
[quote][p][bold]Tr1stan[/bold] wrote: ¿˙˙ɥɔnɯ buıssıɯ sı ǝuoʎuɐ ʇqnop ı ʇnq sǝsnqıuɯo ǝʌɐɥ ʌʇ uo sdɐos ɟo ʇoן ɐ ʎןıʞɔnן[/p][/quote]That's clever, how did you do that? Gary @
  • Score: 1

8:56am Thu 7 Aug 14

Tr1stan says...

Gary @ wrote:
Tr1stan wrote:
¿˙˙ɥɔnɯ buıssıɯ sı ǝuoʎuɐ ʇqnop ı ʇnq sǝsnqıuɯo ǝʌɐɥ ʌʇ uo sdɐos ɟo ʇoן ɐ ʎןıʞɔnן
That's clever, how did you do that?
Sorry - I just couldn't resist. Just go excited when I found out about it :-)

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[quote][p][bold]Gary @[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tr1stan[/bold] wrote: ¿˙˙ɥɔnɯ buıssıɯ sı ǝuoʎuɐ ʇqnop ı ʇnq sǝsnqıuɯo ǝʌɐɥ ʌʇ uo sdɐos ɟo ʇoן ɐ ʎןıʞɔnן[/p][/quote]That's clever, how did you do that?[/p][/quote]Sorry - I just couldn't resist. Just go excited when I found out about it :-) http://www.fliptext. org/ Tr1stan
  • Score: 9

9:18am Thu 7 Aug 14

Quiterie says...

There was a debate on here yesterday about whether this area is in Whitehawk or Kemptown. I think the "we are all moaning about missing the soaps" quote gives us our answer.
There was a debate on here yesterday about whether this area is in Whitehawk or Kemptown. I think the "we are all moaning about missing the soaps" quote gives us our answer. Quiterie
  • Score: 3

10:08am Thu 7 Aug 14

wippasnapper says...

Manor Green is just off manor rd witch i believe is considered to be a part of Whitehawk maybe the argus reporter ort to do more research before going to print
Manor Green is just off manor rd witch i believe is considered to be a part of Whitehawk maybe the argus reporter ort to do more research before going to print wippasnapper
  • Score: -3

11:08am Thu 7 Aug 14

tinxxx says...

Sod the soaps. What about the people that had to stay elsewhere and everyone else including myself who lost all our freezer stuff etc as power didn't come back on til just after 6am!
Sod the soaps. What about the people that had to stay elsewhere and everyone else including myself who lost all our freezer stuff etc as power didn't come back on til just after 6am! tinxxx
  • Score: 4

12:43pm Thu 7 Aug 14

mimseycal says...

There are ways of keeping Freezers cold for a period. I don't think that a properly insulated freezer would gain enough temperature over a period of 12 hours provided you leave it closed during the period. If your freezer contents have deteriorated enough to warrant throwing the produce out after such a relatively short time, I suspect the problem is with your freezer and not the lack of power.

The fact is that these issues can happen. I suspect, living in the affected area myself, that a fault developed within the substation, hence the original short cut in power, followed by a fire a short time later. These things will occur and it is not unreasonable to expect households to take reasonable precautions to protect their vulnerable goods, such as freezer contents, during such times.
There are ways of keeping Freezers cold for a period. I don't think that a properly insulated freezer would gain enough temperature over a period of 12 hours provided you leave it closed during the period. If your freezer contents have deteriorated enough to warrant throwing the produce out after such a relatively short time, I suspect the problem is with your freezer and not the lack of power. The fact is that these issues can happen. I suspect, living in the affected area myself, that a fault developed within the substation, hence the original short cut in power, followed by a fire a short time later. These things will occur and it is not unreasonable to expect households to take reasonable precautions to protect their vulnerable goods, such as freezer contents, during such times. mimseycal
  • Score: 4

5:24pm Thu 7 Aug 14

pearlygrey says...

Quiterie wrote:
There was a debate on here yesterday about whether this area is in Whitehawk or Kemptown. I think the "we are all moaning about missing the soaps" quote gives us our answer.
Funny. I was wondering whether you're a snob or an ignoramus. I guess 'both' is the answer.

The area affected is called Manor Farm.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: There was a debate on here yesterday about whether this area is in Whitehawk or Kemptown. I think the "we are all moaning about missing the soaps" quote gives us our answer.[/p][/quote]Funny. I was wondering whether you're a snob or an ignoramus. I guess 'both' is the answer. The area affected is called Manor Farm. pearlygrey
  • Score: 4

6:26pm Thu 7 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

This seems an incredibly long time to take to restore power to everyone.
This seems an incredibly long time to take to restore power to everyone. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 0

7:32pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Quiterie says...

pearlygrey wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
There was a debate on here yesterday about whether this area is in Whitehawk or Kemptown. I think the "we are all moaning about missing the soaps" quote gives us our answer.
Funny. I was wondering whether you're a snob or an ignoramus. I guess 'both' is the answer.

The area affected is called Manor Farm.
You're so so wrong.

I'm not an ignoramus.

Just a snob.
[quote][p][bold]pearlygrey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: There was a debate on here yesterday about whether this area is in Whitehawk or Kemptown. I think the "we are all moaning about missing the soaps" quote gives us our answer.[/p][/quote]Funny. I was wondering whether you're a snob or an ignoramus. I guess 'both' is the answer. The area affected is called Manor Farm.[/p][/quote]You're so so wrong. I'm not an ignoramus. Just a snob. Quiterie
  • Score: 4

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