Lincolnshire

Grantham fire causes power cuts and train delays

Grantham Fire Image copyright Mark Hipkiss
Image caption The blaze was reported to the fire service at around 17:15 GMT

A fire at an electricity sub-station in Lincolnshire cut power to more than 16,000 homes and disrupted trains.

The fire in Grantham began at 17:15 GMT and caused disruption to journeys on the East Coast Main Line, with trains having to pass the site at lower speed.

Five fire crews remained at the scene in Spring Hill Gardens, London Road, along with police and engineers.

Western Power Distribution said power had been restored to most customers but about 1,300 were still without supply.

Rail delays on Virgin East Coast services were expected to last until at least 21:30 GMT, the company said.

Image copyright Annabel Cotton
Image caption Smoke from the blaze could be seen across the town

The fire has also caused severe disruption and delays on local roads including the A52 London Road.

Lincolnshire Police said no-one was thought to have been injured in the blaze and the cause was unknown.

Residents in the area of the fire have been advised to keep windows and doors closed by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.

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