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birdtransformerfire5UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Over 1000 properties in the Sandown and Lake areas are without power this evening (Wednesday) following a fault with a transformer at Fairway Holiday Park off Perowne Way – caused by a bird flying into it.

Fire crews from Bembridge and Ryde along with SSE engineers were alerted to the incident at around 19:10 following reports of an electricity transformer on fire, with several locations suggested. Island Echo readers reported hearing a loud bang and flashes of light in the Perowne Way area.

southernenergyelectricsseruralA total of 1015 properties are without electricity according to Southern and Scottish Energy, who are in the process of identifying the fault before repairs can commence.

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Island Echo can reveal a small bird is believed to have caused the outage after coming into contact with the transformer.

A spokesman from SSE said that power will return as soon as possible, however an accurate time frame cannot currently be given.

birdtransformerfire7UPDATE @ 21:07 – Power has been restored to the majority of the 1,015 customers affected, however an isolated number remain without power this evening whilst a transformer is replaced.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service have stood down from the incident with no action taken.

UPDATE @ 21:25 – All but 10 customers have had power restored, according to SSE. It is anticipated power will be restored fully by 04:00 tomorrow morning.

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Engineers are on site at the holiday park.

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