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An electricity substation adjacent to the old Mullumbimby hydro-electric plant in Wilsons Creek Road caught alight around 9am this morning.

The billowing black clouds pouring out of the building smelled of ‘burning insulation’, according to Robinsons Road resident Robert Hart. Others described it as a smell like burning tyres.

Echonetdaily understands the fire took place in a substation that converts AC power to DC for underground transmission to Queensland. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Local electricity supply to Mullumbimby and surrounds was not affected.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I have seen the black smoke driving into Mullum 9:30 and at 2:4 you have the Story. I know about the 80.000 Volt DC konvertion, something has gown terrible wrong. To Transmit power as DC unstead conventionell AC 3phase is new technology, clean, less power loss and no ey sore, the selution for the future! Hope we learn from the fire.

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