Explosion and fire at Thebarton sub-station in Adelaide

PUBLISHED Tue, October 24, 2017 - 11:57pm EDT
Credit: Ryan Sale

Fire crews and other emergency services in Adelaide are responding to reports of an explosion at a sub-station on West Thebarton Road, not far from the West End brewery, witnesses say. Thousands of customers are now without power. (more)

The incident began just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday when an explosion was heard across Thebarton and nearby neighborhoods, according to witnesses. Thick plumes of smoke were seen billowing from the scene a short time later

Video captured by a witness showed a fire burning at the power sub-station on West Thebarton Road, but there was no immediate word on the cause of the blaze. A large number of emergency services responded to the scene.

Photos and videos show that the plumes of smoke are visible from kilometres away. Authorities report that at least 6,000 customers across the area are without power as a result of the incident. The outage could last up to 5:30 p.m., according to an initial estimate.

"We will provide updates as we are able to safely access the site," SA Power Networks said. "We will restore power to the 6,000 customers affected by the Thebarton fire in the next 1 to 2 hours by switching them to an alternative substation supply."

There were no immediate reports on injuries.

  Adelaide, Australia     





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