RESIDENTS of a Bispham street were spending the first day of the New Year in the dark after a power failure.
It is believed a television set blew at a house on Valentia Road shortly after midnight, blowing a fuse at the local substation.
An engineer from Electricity North West was called to the scene, and had to remove the fuse for safety, plunging the rest of the road into darkness.
Resident Stephen Brookes, 65, said one side of the street was without power from 12.15am, and the other half went off at around 3.15am yesterday.
He said: “No-one has heating on the coldest day of the year so far and freezers will have been defrosting over night.”
A spokesman from Electricity Northwest said an engineer was trying to restore power to the homes at around 10am.
He said: “There was a problem with one property on Valentia Road, and an engineer went out to remove the fuse from the local substation for safety.
“An engineer returned in the morning to repair the initial problem and manipulate the network to get some properties back on.”
Power was restored to the properties by 10.30am.