Saturday, 4 January 2014

Column Of Smoke

The lamp post on the corner of Malden Road and Station Approach has started to smoke and the area has been cordoned off by police and the fire brigade.

I am posting this short piece of video as it's hard to see the smoke in a still photo.

The fire brigade was called to the area at around 1pm today, for the second time in less than 24 hours. The firemen told the blog that it is almost certainly an electrical problem and that it will be heating up enclosed space under the ground. This causes the gas to expand and force its way out as the smoke here has been doing. The area has been cordoned off because the build up of pressure can cause an explosion so there is a fire engine on hand parked at the station and a number of firemen in the cordoned area with a fire extinguisher ready to deal with whatever happenes.

They are waiting for the electricity company to come down and dig up the footpath (carefully) to reach and hopefully fix the problem before anything too dramatic actually occurs. So we can look forward to some disruption on the footpath there but at least it's for a good cause.

Update (5th January)

The hold has been dug and and it doesn't look nearly as dramatic as it could have been...