Durham Crematorium, in South Road, suffered the outage on Friday, January 17, when workers on a nearby housing development served the supply cable.
No funeral services had to be cancelled or rearranged. Power was restored thanks to a back-up generator delivered by crematorium’s utility company.
Details of the ‘electricity disruption’ were revealed in a report to Durham County Council’s Central Durham Crematorium Joint Committee.
Graham Harrison, Durham County Council’s bereavement services manager, said: “The crematorium was without electricity for around three hours, after which time the power was restored through the use of a generator.
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“Thankfully, all services were able to go ahead as planned.”
A report for the committee suggested exploring electricity ‘self generation’ – an idea previously considered by crematorium bosses – or buying a back-up generator to avoid possible future disruption.