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Nottingham city centre power cut after sub-station fire


More than 3,000 properties in Nottingham suffer a power cut after fire at a sub-station.

Almost 4,000 properties and businesses were left without power in Nottingham following a fire at a sub-station.

Fire crews were called after an explosion at the sub-station on Castle Road just before 1100 GMT on Friday.

Nottingham Castle was closed and the Broad Marsh shopping centre and Castle College were evacuated.

Central Networks said all power supplies had been restored by 0030 GMT on Saturday and an investigation into the incident would be carried out.

As well as shops and businesses, power was also lost to the Meadows Health Centre.

Urgent repairs

People living nearby were advised to keep their windows and doors closed because of thick smoke.

Police cordoned off the scene and closed Castle Road, Castle Boulevard and Isabella Street. Diversions were put in place, but motorists were advised to avoid driving into the city centre if possible.

Scott Somerville, from Central Networks, said they did not yet know the cause of the explosion.

"It is too early to speculate. We are focused on getting the last of the properties back on.

"We have done a good job. We have managed to get back just shy of 4,000, but we have to make sure we get the last ones back. That is the main focus.

"Then, of course, it is very important to understand what went wrong, and to make sure that any damage that has been caused by this serious fire is fully repaired and put right."

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