Cause of last night’s power cut revealed

Almost 3,000 homes were affected by the power cut, which happened at around 10.30pm yesterday (Pic: Electricity North West/Google)
Almost 3,000 homes were affected by the power cut, which happened at around 10.30pm yesterday (Pic: Electricity North West/Google)
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An ‘underground cable fault’ has been blamed for a power cut that affected almost 3,000 homes in Blackpool.

Electricity North West said the outage plunged properties in Bispham, Layton, and Normoss into darkness at around 10.25pm on Wednesday.

A spokesman apologised, and said a team of engineers was sent out to fix the problem, with the majority of people seeing power restored by 11pm.

Some 1,291 properties were back up and running within three minutes, while engineers restored power for a further 1,306 within half an hour, the firm said.

Another 170 were restored by 11.30pm, and a generator was used to get the remaining 119 back up and running at 3.30am.

Students commuting to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston, were told to stay away from early lessons and lectures after a power cut also hit the campus yesterday. It was fixed by 11am.