Two electricians were rushed to hospital yesterday, one in a critical condition, after an incident at student accommodation in Sheffield.
Firefighters, paramedics and police were called to the scene at The Forge on Boston Street, where the men had been working, at around 1.20pm.
South Yorkshire Police confirmed two men, aged 31 and 30, were injured while working in the building. A spokesman said: “The 31-year-old is in a critical condition with life threatening injuries. The 30-year-old sustained serious injuries.”
The accommodation houses 1,400 students on the site, but only 100 students were affected in three blocks of flats.
Bart Wren, aged 20, a Sheffield Hallam University student, who lives in block H at The Forge, told The Star: “The first I knew about it was 1.30pm when the power went off and firefighters arrived. They evacuated block G where the incident occurred but the other two blocks weren’t evacuated until 6pm.
“From what I heard it was an electrical fire which was put out before the firefighters arrived.”
Unite Students, who manage the property, provided buses to transport students affected by the power outage to a nearby hotel. Unite staff also emailed Sheffield Hallam University to request extensions for students who were on deadline for assignments.
A Unite Students spokesman, said: “An incident occurred just after 1pm involving two of our contractors requiring the support of the emergency services.
“As a precaution, power to one our accommodation blocks has been isolated while the incident is investigated. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students and employees.
“Students affected have been offered alternative accommodation for the duration of the power outage.”
Northern Powergrid confirmed a power outage but said that it had not affected its network as the problem was with a private sub station.
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