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The fire was brought under control by Torrevieja Bomberas

Four properties were plunged into darkness last week as a power distribution box located in Barbero De Sevilla, Sol Golf Fase 2 in Villamartin, suddenly exploded and erupted into flames.

Such was the force of the explosion that the locked cabinet in which the power units were located was ripped open and the metal doors blown into the adjacent street.

The fire, which occurred last Tuesday, was attended by Bomberas from Torrevieja and Policia Local from Playa Flamenca and since that time the four properties concerned have been without power, and pretty much uninhabitable.

One of the residents, Robert Kirkhope, told the Leader that both Iberdrola and insurers Mapfre, have washed their hands of the matter and are refusing to help or to become involved.

Electricity provider Iberdrola says that the matter is not of their concern, despite the fact that they provide the four properties with their power, so it would now seem that the occupants have little choice other than to employ and to pay a local electrician if they are to restore the electrical supply to their properties anytime soon.

Mr Kirkhope said that he was pleased that nobody was hurt but the real concern amongst the residents now is that there are many other similar distribution boxes in the urbanisation, all of a similar age and condition, that the reasons for the explosion and fire are not known and that Iberdrola are refusing to carry out any form of investigation into the matter.

He said that the doors to the electrical box were ripped off and thrown into the street so forcefully that they would have caused serious injury to anyone who was passing by and there is a distinct concern amongst the residents that this could quite easily happen again.

And with the onset of the summer and the ever increasing demand for electricity it is unlikely that this will not be the only occasion reporting such an incident.

This is just one more occasion in a long line of incidents reported to this newspaper where, once again, Iberdrola are failing to meet the standards expected of such a multi-national company. It is hardly surprising that their customers continue to look to alternative suppliers elsewhere.

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