Glasgow & West Scotland

Scottish Power engineers complete fire blackout repairs

Engineers have completed repairs to the south of Glasgow electricity network after metal thieves caused a fire which left up to 50,000 homes without power.

The blaze broke out in electrical piping in an underpass below the M8 motorway, near Renfrew, on 7 November.

Scottish Power said more than 150 engineers had been "working around the clock" to repair the damage caused.

The utility firm has already offered a reward of £10,000 for information which helps catch those responsible.

The blaze caused a temporary closure of the M8 motorway and blacked out homes in Glasgow's south side for about 40 minutes.

Scottish Power operations director Guy Jefferson said: "We have completed a complex and difficult project in two weeks which in normal circumstances would have taken eight.

"Our engineers have done a remarkable job to finish the repairs early, and remove the immediate risk to electricity supplies in the south side of Glasgow.

"We would urge anybody who has information about this crime to come forward and to let the police know."

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