Monday 27 February 2017

Over 14,000 homes left without power after blaze breaks out at ESB substation

Louise Kelly, Geraldine Gittens and Robin Schiller

The scene of the fire at the Inchicore ESB Sub Station on Kylemore Road tonight. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The scene of the fire at the Inchicore ESB Sub Station on Kylemore Road tonight. Photo: Steve Humphreys
The scene of the fire at the Inchicore ESB Sub Station on Kylemore Road. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade
The Dublin fire service. Stock image

Over 14,000 homes and businesses in Dublin were left without power last night after a fire broke out at an ESB substation.

Emergency services responded to the scene at Inchicore ESB substation shortly before 7.30pm when the blaze broke out.

An ESB spokesperson told independent.ie that a transformer fault occurred at the 220kv substation due to the fire.

Gardai evacuated the area within a 500 metre radius of the scene with a housing estate located close the scene, across the Grand Canal.

Nearby residents were advised to remain indoors and keep windows and doors shut to block out emissions from the fire.

"Members of the public are advised to avoid the fumes emanating from this fire," a garda spokesperson said.

Over 14,000 homes and businesses in the areas of Inchicore, Lucan and Tallaght were left without power for a number of hours.

ESB crews were despatched and power was restored to all affected homes late last night.

Dublin Fire Brigade extinguished the fire shortly before midnight.

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