HUNDREDS of homes were left without power after a cable fault at a sub-station.
A total of 1,162 homes in the town centre area of Hartlepool were affected when the electricity went off at around 2.20pm yesterday.
Engineers were quickly drafted in to restore power after the cable fault in the high voltage network.
The cut is believed to have been caused by a fault in the sub-station in Eltringham Road.
Around two hours later, there were still 332 homes without electricity, but officials at Northern Powergrid say they expected all power to be fully restored to customers by 5pm.
The lights also flicked momentarily at the Mail’s offices in Wesley Square, Hartlepool.
A spokesman for Northern Powergrid said: “At around 2.20pm on Thursday, power supplies to 1,162 properties was affected after a cable fault on the high voltage network.
“It is believed it was caused at a sub-station in the Eltringham Road area.”
The last houses to be connected back to their power supplies were in the Osborne Road area of Hartlepool.
Meanwhile, around 300 council staff had to be evacuated from local authority headquarters.
Hartlepool Borough Council workers had to leave the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road, after a fire alarm was activated around 2.30pm yesterday.
They were allowed back inside 15 minutes later when it emerged a momentary power cut set off the alarm.
Fire crews attended the call to the council headquarters as a precaution.