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Area outside Primark in Norwich cordoned off after smoke comes through manhole cover

PUBLISHED: 09:32 08 October 2020 | UPDATED: 16:48 08 October 2020

The cordoned off area on Haymarket, Norwich, where smoke was seen coming from a manhole on October 8, 2020. Picture: Sophie Wyllie

The cordoned off area on Haymarket, Norwich, where smoke was seen coming from a manhole on October 8, 2020. Picture: Sophie Wyllie

Sophie Wyllie

Part of a city centre street outside a fashion store remains cordoned off after smoke was seen coming out of a manhole cover.

A pedestrian spotted the smoke on Haymarket, Norwich, outside Primark, at 7.30am on Thursday, October 8.

They called 999 and one crew from Carrow Fire Station was called, according to station manager Jim Banks.

He said no surrounding buildings were affected, shoppers could continue to go into Primark and surrounding stores, and no-one was injured.

Engineers from UK Power Networks and BT were also called to look at the manhole which contained cabling.

Mr Banks said: “The cordon will remain in place until investigations are complete. Hopefully everything will be back to normal soon.”

Firefighters left the scene at 10.20am when a smaller cordon was put around the manhole and the incident was left with BT engineers, according to a Norfolk Fire Service spokesperson.

A UK Power Networks spokesperson said: “UK Power Networks engineers turned off power for safety reasons to five customers on Haymarket in Norwich to repair an underground cable fault at 10am today (October 8). Work was completed and power restored to all five customers at 10.58am. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Haymarket remains open to workers and visitors.


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