PICTURES AND VIDEO: Underground fire closes major Buxton road

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A fire affecting underground cabling led to a major road in Buxton being closed by police on Friday.

The incident began at around 10.30am near to The Quadrant in the town centre.

The road was completely closed from the roundabout at the Palace Hotel up towards Terrace Road on the Market Place.

The fire is believed to have taken hold in underground electrical cabling - possibly near the Cavendish Arcade - and the road was shut as a precaution by the fire crews.

By early afternoon, firefighters had left the scene and a team from Electricity North West were on site.

A spokesperson for the utility company said: “An underground cable fault caused the loss of supply to 132 customers on Cavendish Circus in Buxton at 10.43am this morning.

A road has been closed due to an underground fire in Buxton town centre.

A road has been closed due to an underground fire in Buxton town centre.

“Our engineers quickly arrived on site to ensure the area was safe and they will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the fault.

“Power was restored to the majority of customers at 2.15pm and power will be restored to the remaining six customers by 8pm tonight.

“The fault caused external damage on site, but we would like to assure customers that incidents of this nature are extremely rare and we regularly maintain our underground network to ensure customers across the North West receive a reliable supply of electricity.

“If customers would like any further information they can contact us 24/7 on the new free national number 105, or 0800 195 4141 or follow us @ElectricityNW.”

Smoke from the underground fire on Terrace Road in Buxton (Photo: Jamie Gardner).

Smoke from the underground fire on Terrace Road in Buxton (Photo: Jamie Gardner).

The road eventually reopened shortly after 5pm, with temporary traffic lights in place at The Quadrant.