Thursday 21 September 2017

Thousands of homes without power after ESB station fire

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

Robin Schiller and Luke Byrne

Around 15,000 homes and businesses were left without power in west Dublin after an ESB substation burst into flames.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze - at Kylemore Way, in Bluebell - about 7.25pm yesterday.

Massive flames and thick black smoke billowed into the air as units from Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) and gardai arrived at the scene.

Luckily, no one was injured in the incident. However, emergency services had to move people away from the fire for fear of a huge explosion.

A large number of gardai maintained a cordon of around 500 metres around the site, while shoppers at a nearby Lidl supermarket were advised to move away from the area.

The road was closed off as response teams battled the dangerous blaze.

The fire also caused some traffic disruption due to reduced visibility on the roads around the ESB compound.

A spokesman for the ESB said it was believed that a transformer had caught fire, which in turn set the compound ablaze.

The incident happened at a 220KV substation which has left areas of west Dublin with power outages, he said.

The worst affected areas were Lucan, Tallaght and Inchicore, where homes and businesses were left without light for up to an hour.

Irish Independent

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