A short circuit and a fire in a large sub-station have left a large area of the centre of Hasselt (Limburg) without power.
The substation distributes power to around 40 smaller substations. As well as public services and business more than 5,000 families are without power.
The company in charge of electricity distribution in Flanders Fluvius says that it is doing all it can to restore supply.
Fluvius’ David Callens told VRT News that "Our people are at the scene and are trying to ensure that everyone has power again as soon as possible. Of course for such a large area we can’t do this by clicking our fingers, so it could take another 1 to 2 hours”.