Electrical substation fire in Sandbach

20/12/2019 - 02:33

London Road, Sandbach

Two fire engines attended - one from Middlewich and one from Sandbach - as did a rapid response rescue vehicle from Sandbach


At around 2.30am firefighters were called to a fire involving an electrical substation on London Road, Sandbach.

On arrival smoke was coming from the vents and doors of the substation, which supplies power to a nursing home.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used bolt cutters to remove a padlock and open the doors to the substation.

There was a fire at the incomer, which supplies power to the substation.

Firefighters put out the fire using two dry powder extinguishers.

A covering jet was also used.

Once the fire was out the incomer was cooled down using a Co2 extinguisher and temperatures were monitored with a thermal imaging camera.

Scottish Power engineers attended. They bypassed the substation and got power back on at the nursing home quickly.

They then did the same for the 2,000 or so homes that had been affected before locking up the substation.

Firefighters liaised with the electricity suppliers and checked on the welfare of the nursing home residents before leaving the scene.

The home activated its business continuity plan.

The fire is not believed to have been started deliberately.

Firefighters were in attendance for around an hour-and-a-half.

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Last updated: Friday 20 December 2019