‘10,546 customers disconnected’
Western Power has confirmed 10,546 customers had their electricity supply disconnected when a pole caught fire.
The properties were immediately restored via an alternative circuit.
A spokesman said: “At 18:37 this evening we received a call from the fire service informing us of a pole on fire in that vicinity.
“We established it was the 33,000 volt circuit feeding our Burnham Primary Substation.
“At 18:55 the circuit breaker feeding this substation tripped disconnecting supplies to 10,546 customers. 10,545 customers were immediately restored via an alternative circuit.
“One customer remains off supply while repairs are being undertaken.
“Our staff on site have confirmed that the top of the pole had caught on fire, eventually burning through causing the overhead conductors to clash together. The wires were left hanging low over the motorway.
“The motorway will be closed for a period whilst repairs are being made. This could be up to a period of 6 hours, but our staff are working their very best to ensure this time is kept to an absolute minimum.
“Apologies for any disruption this may cause.”