Power cut hits 800 east Brighton homes for second time in a month

Posted On 25 Aug 2014 at 9:25 pm
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A power cut hit 800 households in Kemp Town and Whitehawk tonight.

Power was interrupted at about 9pm in households around Sussex Square, Manor Way, Brighton Marina and surrounding areas.

Firefighters from Roedean Fire Station were called to an electrical substation in Whitehawk Road at 8.59pm by a caller who said she had heard a bang and saw smoke.

But when firefighters arrived, there was no evidence of any fire and UK Power Networks were called to attend.

It appears that residents of Kemp Town experienced flickering lights, while those in Whitehawk had a longer outage.

A spokeswoman for UK Power Networks said: “UK Power Engineers worked as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power to just over 800 customers in the Sussex Square area of Brighton this evening, following a fault on the underground electricity network.

“Customers would have seen an interruption to power just before 9pm, and supplies were restored in two stages with all back on at around 9.30pm.

“We realise how difficult it can be to be without power and apologise for any inconvenience caused by this incident.”

Mark Laverick, who lives in Paston Place, said: “The lights went on/off briefly a few times along with the TV about 9pm, but we still have power.”

Crews from Preston Circus and Hove were called to a number of premises where fire alarms went off because of the power cut.

Tonight’s outage follows another power cut in the area on Wednesday, August 6, after an electrical substation in Manor Way caught fire.  That time, 2,000 households were affected.

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