A recent fire that broke out in an electrical substation in Salford led to road closures and left many homeowners without access to power.
Firefighters attended the Salford blaze that took place on Broughton’s Bury New Road just before 5pm. The busy main road was forced to close due to the potential danger of an oil drum near the incident and to let fire crews onsite work effectively.
Once at the scene, fire crews tackled the blaze, employing a jet, thermal imaging camera and hose reel while equipped with specialist breathing apparatus.
Over 16,000 homes in the area experienced a power outage during the incident, but after the blaze was successfully extinguished, all but 163 of the properties were reconnected to their designated supply. In order for maintenance to take place on the substation cabling below ground, it was necessary for the road to be unearthed, resulting in power loss for the homes continuing into the night.
In response to public safety during the recent freezing temperatures, local police officers visited all of the 163 homes without power to find out if residents required evacuating temporarily until work was completed and heating could be restored.
Industrial and commercial electrical contractors in Chester, Salford and other parts of northern England can advise enterprises on both fire and electrical concerns when needed. From installing the latest fire prevention systems on site like alarms and detectors to ensuring essential power services are routinely serviced and operating effectively, qualified contractors can handle any work requiring attention.