Pavement in Hartlepool street set to be dug up after flames are seen under drain

Emergency crews were called out after fire was reportedly seen coming from a drain in a Hartlepool street.

Wednesday, 9th November 2016, 8:25 am
Updated Friday, 18th November 2016, 11:22 am
Powlett Road at the junction with Raby Road in Hartlepool. Copyright Google Maps.

A crew from the town's Stranton station was called to Raby Road, close to the junction with Powlett Road, earlier today.

A member of the public had reported seeing flames coming from underneath the grate of a drain.

Crew manager Barry Edwards said: "We understand the grate over the drain started to smoke off and there were flames seen coming from underneath the pavement.

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"Northern Powergrid were already on the scene and they were looking to isolate the cable.

"They were waiting for mini diggers to arrive to dig the pavement up."

A stretch of the road is cordoned off to the public while work continues.