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Lights out on Merseyside

An explosion at an electricity substation in Merseyside cut power to 60,000 homes this morning.
The explosion also affected traffic lights on roads into Liverpool.A spokeswoman for Scottish Power, that operates the substation, told NCE that a minor fire broke out at 7.30am this morning.Emergency services were at the scene to put the fire out very quickly and there were no injuries, she added. Scottish Power said it was investigating a fault on a transformer which it is thought caused the fire.As a result of the blast, power has been cut at houses in West Derby, Broadgreen, Woolton, Childwall, Gateacre, Netherley and Dovecot in Merseyside. Meanwhile, traffic lights on major roads into Liverpool stopped working and Merseyside Police has put in place an emergency traffic management plan.Scottish Power re-routed supplies and restored power by 9.05am.The spokeswoman said, 'There was a fault on a transformer that we are investigating but we think we've lost power in 60,000 homes. We have apologised to our customers.'

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