3,000 homes hit by power cut

A SENIOR firefighter has issued a warning for residents to keep out of electrical sub stations after a blaze left 3,000 homes without power.

Fire crews from Eccleston and Whiston were called to a sub station on disused land off Ravenhead Road shortly before 5pm last Wednesday (February 2) after receiving reports of smoke coming from the derelict site.

A pile of rubbish had been set on fire inside the building but firefighters had to wait until the power was isolated before they could go inside.

Watch manager Phil Hunt, of Eccleston Fire Station, said: “A quantity of rubbish was on fire inside the building and although it was on a derelict site there were still 11,000 volts live inside. We worked with Scottish Power to isolate the sub-station and a further four before we could go inside and tackle the fire.

“Clearly fires in sub-stations are highly dangerous and anybody entering the building without permission is putting themselves at serious risk of injury and posing unnecessary risks to the firefighters who have to put the fire out. “If residents see any sites that are open or damaged, they should contact Scottish Power on the emergency number outside the substation and should never approach or enter the site.”

An investigation into the blaze is now underway by Merseyside Police.

The inside of the sub station was left smoke damaged and fire crews remained at the scene for about an hour and a half.

* Have you been affected by the power cut? Contact our newsdesk on 01744 611011 or email chris.amery@lep.co.uk