BUSINESSES were evacuated after a mobile generator, said to have been overloaded, caught on fire in a Sunderland street.
The generator, opposite an electricity substation on the corner of Roker Avenue and North Bridge Street, caught fire shortly before noon today.
The generator, opposite an electricity substation on the corner of Roker Avenue and North Bridge Street, caught fire shortly before noon yesterday.
Keith Oxman, who runs an nearby garage, described how the generator seemed to “explode”.
He said: “It was terrible. It was quite frightening because of all the smoke and we didn’t know what chemicals it might contain.” A spokeswoman from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said two fire engines from Sunderland Central Fire Station attended the scene, after getting the call at 11.53am.
A Northern Power Grid spokesman said the problem affected 186 customers, mainly in the Howick Park area.
“There were reports the generator had caught fire,” he said.
“The root cause of that is unclear, but will be investigated.”
Power had been restored just after 1.30pm.