Saturday 1 October 2016

Copper wire thieves to blame for €10m blaze

Cathal McMahon and Allison Bray

Published 19/04/2016 | 02:30

The scene of the fire at the ESB substation in Bluebell in south Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The scene of the fire at the ESB substation in Bluebell in south Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Thieves trying to steal copper wire from an ESB substation sparked a massive €10m fire.

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In a statement released last night by Crimestoppers, the electricity supplier said that the damage was caused by "third-party interference".

ESB Networks said that 120,000 customers were left without power when the 220KV substation in Bluebell, south Dublin, was targeted on Sunday night.

It has since been established that thieves who were attempting to steal copper from the site caused the inferno.

Since 2012, over 150km of copper valued at €3m has been stolen, with a replacement cost to ESB Networks of €28m.

A spokesman for Crimestoppers has confirmed that there will be a reward for information that leads to a prosecution in this case.

Irish Independent

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