Monday 11 December 2017

Blaze at ESB station in Dublin causes massive damage

Fire crews at the ESB sub station on Pidgeon House Road
Fire crews at the ESB sub station on Pidgeon House Road
Fire crews at the ESB sub station on Pidgeon House Road
Fire crews at the ESB sub station on Pidgeon House Road
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A blaze at an ESB generating station has caused massive damage after the fire got into ducting carrying high-voltage cables.

The flames are believed to have started in a switch room at the 38KV generating station on the Pigeonhouse Road in Dublin at 2.50am this morning.

But emergency crews from Dublin Fire Brigade had to wait until the power was switched off and the facility earthed before they could fight the blaze.

Four units of the brigade worked on site all night, but it was later discovered that the flames had got into the enclosed ducting that carry huge lengths of cables throughout the plant.

“We can’t put people into ducting so the fire has to be fought by pumping foam into it, which means using specialised equipment to mix a foaming concentrate with the water as it is pumped through the hoses,” a spokesman from Dublin Fire Brigade told the Herald.

A spokesperson for the ESB said the station is un-manned and that nobody was injured in the fire. The fire is being investigated by the ESB.

“There are no reports of power outages, but if there was any they would have affected very few customers and for a short period of time,” the spokeswoman explained.

“Power in Dublin is supplied from more than one source, and if there is a problem with one generator there is an automatic switchover to another to ensure the power supply is maintained,” she added.

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