Sheffield power cut hits 8,000 after substation blaze

Ellin Street sub station
Ellin Street sub station

MORE than 8,000 homes and businesses around Sheffield were left without power after a fire at a substation.

Private homes were affected as well as business premises including shops on The Moor, the Showroom Cinema on Paternoster Row, and Sheffield Council offices.

The clock at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane, was stuck at 10.30am.

Firefighters initially tackled the blaze on Ellin Street off Eyre Street and then engineers worked to restore power.

Nicholas Atkinson, managing director of Atkinson’s, which was closed for three-and-a-half hours, said the power cut had a ‘significant impact’ on the store.

He said: “We were forced to shut from 10.30am until 2pm and we estimate we could have lost around £25,000 of trade in that time.

“Staff congregated inside and were provided with refreshments while tills and computer systems took time to re-boot.”

Steven Moore, duty manager at the Showroom, said: “No screenings were affected but staff had to revert back to ‘old school’ methods taking cash payments while a technician tried to restore ticketing and payment systems.

“We were prevented from accessing pre-booked tickets in the box office, causing stress for staff and customers.”

Meanwhile, Sheffield Council staff were moved from offices at Moorfoot, which lost all power, to other buildings such as the Town Hall and Howden House.

Some worked from home.

The Nuffield Gym, on Napier Street, off Ecclesall Road, and Sheffield College were left without power and traffic lights failed.

A Northern Powergrid spokesman said: “At its height, more than 8,000 customers lost supply. Emergency generators were brought to the area.

“The cause of the fire in the substation is still under investigation.

“Northern Powergrid would like to apologise to its customers inconvenienced by this loss of electricity.”

Supplies were reconnected to most properties by mid afternoon but the company said a further 1,000 addresses were due to be reconnected last night.

A South Yorkshire fire service spokeswoman said they were alerted to the blaze at 10.33am and four engines were sent to the scene.

They spent about three hours on site.

The service’s headquarters on Eyre Street were hit by the power cut but its control room switched to an emergency supply.