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Copper theft sparks house fires

Thieves have cut power to 280 homes in Greenock and caused four house fires after stealing copper wire from an electricity substation.

Three fires are believed to be relatively minor but in one fire, a family of four had to flee after their home filled with smoke.

One person was treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.

Guy Jefferson, of Scottish Power, told BBC News Scotland's Aileen Clarke that the theft of the wire led to a dangerous power surge in some homes.