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Power cuts hit homes after fire


People living nearby heard a series of explosions at the sub-station

Power has been cut to a brewery, the printers that produce the Harry Potter books and thousands of homes after a fire at an electricity sub-station.

Crews could not tackle the fire until engineers had turned off supplies to the sub-station in Bungay, Suffolk.

There were also fears because gas bottles were present on the premises.

A local pub with its own brewery, the Green Dragon, had laid down 2,000 gallons of beer and had to hire a generator to ensure it did not go off.

The fire service said they would only start to tackle the blaze when it was thought to be safe.

EDF engineers have restored power to some customers, but are working as quickly as is safely possible to supply power to the customers who remain affected.

A spokesman said: "We would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused."

Among the many businesses affected by the loss of power caused by the fire is Clays Printers which produces the Harry Potter books.

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