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Smoking junction box causes seven-hour power cut in Ilford

UK Power Networks dealing with the outage in Perth Road, Ilford. Picture: Wasim Hussain UK Power Networks dealing with the outage in Perth Road, Ilford. Picture: Wasim Hussain

Monday, February 24, 2014
10:57 AM

A faulty junction box started smoking caused a seven-hour power cut in Ilford on Sunday morning.

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Firefighters were called when the box, in Auckland Road, was seen smoking shortly before 10am.

It interrupted electricity supplies at about 30 homes before engineers cut off power to another 64 houses while they carried out repairs.

A UK Power Networks spokesman said: “Staff worked as quickly as possible to reconnect all power supplies, with the majority back on by 3.11pm and the final five properties reconnected at 5pm.

“We understand how difficult it is being without electricity and apologise to customers for any inconvenience this caused.”

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