Gardai in Inchicore have issued an appeal for information after they uncovered that the fire at an ESB substation over the weekend was caused by thieves trying to steal copper wire.
The fire which caused 10m of damage left 120,000 customers without power on Sunday night when the 220KV substation suddenly burst into flames at approximately 7:30pm on Sunday evening.
In a brief statement, released last night, Crimestoppers say the the damage was caused by “third party interference”. “Following an initial investigation by ESB Networks it has become apparent that this incident was caused by third party interference, where thieves were attempting to steal copper wire from the site.
A spokesman for Crimestoppers also revealed that there is a reward on offer for anyone who can provide vital information regarding the case.
Meanwhile a spokesperson for the ESB has reminded the public and perpetrators of the criminal activity of the dangers of interfering with our electricity infrastructure. “Such interference is a highly dangerous activity with the perpetrators putting their lives and the lives of others at risk.”