Electrical fire leaves Ilford homes and shops without power

The electrical fire has left up to 70 residents without power.

The electrical fire has left up to 70 residents without power. - Credit: sub

An electrical fire has left nearly 70 shops and homes in Ilford without power.

At around 10.00pm last night crews from Ilford Fire Station attended a fire below a manhole cover.

UK Power Network engineers are still working to restore power to customers in the Empress Avenue area.

According to a local shopkeeper, the shops on one side of Belgrave Road are unable to operate as they are without power.

The fault is believed to be on a piece of equipment on the underground cable network.

Empress Avenue resident, Monica Mann, 24, said: “Power went off at 10pm. I left my house and the fire brigade were there. They said it would be back in the next few hours but we still don’t have power back.”

A UK Power Networks spokesman said: “We realise how difficult it can be to be without electricity and apologise for any inconvenience.”