Chester hub reopens after overnight electrical fire

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Chester Market has recently reopened to members of the public after it was forced to close following a massive blaze that began overnight. Originating in the switch room of a building on Princess Street, the fire was electrical in nature.

Seven individual engines raced to the Chester fire, two from within the city and others arriving from Congleton, North Wales, Malpas, Frodsham, Powey Lane and Ellesmere Port. An aerial platform was also called in, providing strong support to the firefighters tackling the major blaze onsite.

Extensive smoke damage to the surrounding area meant that Chester Market was required to close. Fire crews carried out a comprehensive investigation of the incident that also involved the substation being assessed with the help of a thermal imaging camera.

Commercial enterprises can hire professional electrical services around Chester to properly maintain their onsite systems. Planned maintenance schemes can limit disruption and reduce costs for companies, but most importantly, they can identify potential electrical issues before they lead to dangerous fires. Regular services can spot when equipment needs replacing or upgrading, and skilled electricians can complete any work required.

A spokesperson for Chester Market posted the hub’s welcome reopening on social media, while Cheshire West and Chester Council commented:

“Market Car Park is also open, with limited capacity as some areas will remain closed. The public toilets at Princess Street remain closed, temporary portaloos are open on Town Hall Square.”

Electrical engineers also attended the recent incident and ensured that the electricity supply on site was isolated safely.

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