AN 'explosion' occurred in an electrical substation in Poole in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

Fire crews rushed to Hill Street in the town centre following calls reporting an explosion with a witness who contacted the fire service reporting flames.

Bournemouth Echo:

Residents in the area reported hearing a bang early this morning.

The incident was reported at 1.28am with the fire service receiving a number of calls in relation to it.

SSE said it was made aware of reports of an explosion and loss of power supply at 1.36am.

A spokesperson said around 6,000 customers were affected but power was restored within five minutes after it was switched through another line.

Bournemouth Echo:

An investigation into the cause will take place after further repairs have been carried out to the Poole primary transformer which are due to take place on Monday. 

Three fire engines from Poole attended along with the aerial ladder platform from Westbourne and an officer.

Police also attended the scene.

Fire crews left the scene at around 3am.

Dorset Police have been contacted for further details.

More follows.