Fire at electricity substation cuts power across city

Businesses and public services across Inverness city centre have shut amid disruption to supplies.

Fire at SSE electricity substation cuts power across Inverness STV News

A fire at a substation in Inverness has caused power cuts across the city on Friday morning.

Firefighters were called to the blaze on Waterloo Place at around 3.30am.

The Inverness Vaccination Centre in the Eastgate Shopping Centre was closed to with all appointments cancelled to the power cut.

Inverness Justice Centre has been closed to the public with a statement saying there will be no power available to the building until at least 6pm tonight.

Eastgate Centre said several stores and its Falcon Car Park would be shut until SSE could fix the problem.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said a fault cut the power to 2,800 properties in the city centre in the early hours of the morning.

“We have restored over 2,600 properties and 150 customers remain affected, including areas around Castle St and Bridge St and parts of Millburn Road,” an update from the energy company said.

“We will continue to restore power in stages throughout the course of today but due to the need for underground works some customers who are close to the fault area may be without power into late afternoon or early evening. We’re proactively contacting customers affected.

“We’re very sorry for the inconvenience caused as we work to restore power and would encourage any customer with concerns to contact us on the power cut helpline, 105 or send us a message.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We were alerted to a building fire at Waterloo Place, Inverness at 3.30am on Friday, September 15.

“Operations Control mobilised two appliances to the scene to extinguish the fire affecting a single-storey plant room. Crews worked to make the area safe.

“There were no reported casualties.”

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