Hundreds of properties hit by electricity cut in Cheltenham UPDATE
Around 1,800 properties were affected by an electricity failure today in Cheltenham.
It is understood the power failed after a surge caused a small explosion in a sub-station under the Strozzi Palace Hotel in the town centre, next to the library at the junction of St George's Place and Clarence Street.
Around 1,300 properties had power restored by 3pm and Western Power Distribution are bringing in emergency generators to restore supply to other areas.
It is understood that the power should be restored to the remaining 500 properties by 6pm today.
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Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service received a call from a concerned member of the public at 1.04pm saying they could see smoke issuing from the building in Clarence Street
Two appliances from Cheltenham East and West Stations were sent to the area and the source of the fire was pinpointed to a sub station where it was believed a small explosion had taken place.
Western Power were also quickly in attendance and Fire and Rescue crews used 1 jet, 2 hose reels, a dry powder extinguisher were used to ensure the fire was fully extinguished safely and a thermal image camera was used to ensure there were no more hot spots.
Crews were then detained further asssisting Western Power for safety whilst they investigated and made essential repairs. In total appliances were detained on the scene for two and half hours.
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