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Explosion at electricity sub-station

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More than 4,000 homes and businesses were left without power after an explosion and fire at an electricity sub-station.

More than 4,000 homes and businesses were left without power after an explosion and fire at an electricity sub-station.

More than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze at the sub-station in Cannock.

A blast in a transformer blew open the locked doors of the sub-station building in Cecil Street, Chadsmoor, at about 3.50pm yesterday.

Central Networks spokesman Scott Somerville said the fault and fire resulted in a power cut affecting 4,272 customers.

By switching supply outlets, power was restored to all but 1,000 customers within four minutes.

Watch manager Russ Brown, of Cannock fire station, said four fire crews were sent out after reports of a large bang or explosion.

Police closed a section of Cecil Street while they were dealing with the fire, and people living close by were advised to stay indoors because of the smoke. No-one was hurt in the incident.

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