Substation explodes during busy weekend for firefighters

AN ELECTRICAL substation explosion rounded off a busy weekend for Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service.

Substation fitter Nick Collins inspects the damage. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1334482)
Substation fitter Nick Collins inspects the damage after the explosion at Rue de Hechet. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1334482)

AN ELECTRICAL substation explosion rounded off a busy weekend for Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service.

The incident at Rue du Hechet, next to Hechet Farm, Castel, happened at about 7pm.

A nearby resident heard the explosion.

‘There was an almighty bang and a whoosh,’ he said. ‘There was a lot of smoke and flames, which were a couple of metres high.’

Firefighters damped down the scene and made the area safe. A nearby stream was dammed to reduce pollution to the waterway.

A service spokeswoman said it was not clear what started the blaze, but it spread to affect an area 30 metres by 20 metres.