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Thousands hit by double power cut in Winshill

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

27/05/14 Power Cut
National Grid Transformer Blew Up at substation on Melbourne Avenue cutting off power to over 1,500 houses

27/05/14 Power Cut National Grid Transformer Blew Up at substation on Melbourne Avenue cutting off power to over 1,500 houses

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THOUSANDS of people in Burton were repeatedly left without electricity over a 24-hour period when the area was hit by a number of power cuts.

Homes in Winshill, Stapenhill and Bretby were affected by the outage last night, which also saw some homes in Newhall plunged into darkness for almost an hour.

But many of the same homes were hit again today, as a different issue caused the power to fail, leading to inconvenience and frustration for residents.

Mail photographer Simon Deacon, who lives in Winshill, was sat in the living room watching television when the lights went out at 10.20pm.

“There was a really big bang and a massive flash that lit up the area.

“There was a lot of people walking around trying to find out what was happening.”

He added that there looked to be smoke coming from the sub-station cabinet when it was opened by engineers from Western Power Distribution.

A spokesman for Western Power Distribution told the Mail that about 1,600 houses were affected by the outage, which was caused by a fault in the equipment at the sub-station on Melbourne Avenue, in Winshill.

The power was back on by 11.20pm, as homes supply was redirected from another source.

Work took place yesterday to repair the issue, but while engineers were out, the power failed yet again.

This time, there was a problem with the overhead equipment, which left people without power for more than two hours.

One Mail reader said the issue affected her boiler and left her without hot water, another said the interruptions were ‘annoying’.

The Total petrol station, on Ashby Road, was one of the businesses affected.

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