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Two hurt in pole felling incident Man arrested over power black-out
(about 11 hours later)
Two people are in a stable condition in hospital after an electricity pole was cut down in west Belfast. A 25-year-old man has been arrested after two electricity poles were cut down in west Belfast on Monday evening.
About 1,400 homes in the area were left without electricity following the incident. Police said they were treating the incident as criminal. Two people were taken to hospital after the incident. One has been discharged, the other is in a stable condition.
Kirsty Forsyth from NIE said engineers were working to restore power to the area. About 1,400 homes were left without electricity following the incident which police are treating as criminal.
"An NIE pole has been cut down at one of our main substations on the Glen Road," she said. "Two electricity poles holding a fairly major piece of equipment were cut down with what looks like a chain saw," said Kirsty Forsythe from NIE.
"I would appeal to people to stay away from the area and let our crews get on with their work." "I cannot overstate how dangerous this was."
The incident happened at 2050 BST. Ms Forsythe said electricity crews, the fire service and an ambulance crew were on the scene at the sub station in the Glen Road area very quickly.
Power was restored to customers within an hour and half, she said.
NIE crews returned to the scene on Tuesday morning to carry out repair work.