December 13 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Parts of Great Yarmouth seafront are without power after a fire at an electrical sub-station.
Fire crews from Yarmouth, Gorleston and a water carrier from Hethersett were called the fire at a sub station in Devonshire Road, near the seafront, at about 2.15pm today.
They used hand appliances to extinguish the fire, but it has caused power problems along the Golden Mile on one of the busiest days of the summer season. More than 1,200 homes or businesses on Marine Parade were affected, but most had power restored within an hour and a half.
Norfolk police said a number of traffic lights were also affected.
The Hippodrome Circus was among the businesses without power and has had to cancel its 2.30pm matinee and 6.30pm shows.
A spokesman for UK Power Networks said: “Engineers are working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power supplies to 446 customers in the Marine Parade area of Great Yarmouth.
“Our engineers originally needed to isolate electricity supplies to 1,211 customers at 2.36pm today to investigate a fault on a piece of equipment at a local substation.
“Staff rerouted power to 388 customers at 2.37pm and a further 377 at 3.42pm.
“We would like to reassure customers that work is continuing to reconnect the remaining power supplies as soon as possible.
“We realise how frustrating it can be to be without power and would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.”
• Are you a seafront business or resident affected by the power cut? Call reporter Lauren Rogers on 01493 847961 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.