Update: Solar substation in Swaffham catches fire

A solar panel substation on fire near Swaffham, with fire fighters attending the scene. Picture: Mat

A solar panel substation on fire near Swaffham, with fire fighters attending the scene. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

A blaze in a substation at a solar panel energy centre in Swaffham has been put out by fire crews.

Fire crews from Watton, King's Lynn and Sprowston said the blaze, off West Acre Road was 'well-lit' this morning, but has now been extinguished.

A spokesman for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said electricity engineers had been working to isolate the power supply and it is understood that the solar panels, which could contain chemicals, were not affected by the fire which was located in the 4m x 3m substation.

Peter Abbs, station manager at Dereham, said: 'There was a small fire in a substation. We had to wait some time until it could be contained and isolated.'

Police and ambulance attended but were stood down.


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