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Power cut forces Chelmsford to finish early

Chelmsford: a fire in the switch room caused problems with power
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Racing at Chelmsford on Thursday night was abandoned before the last race on health and safety grounds due to a power outage caused by a fire at the course.

Although power was re-established on the site, the floodlights could not be switched on and the racecourse executive took the decision to end the seven-race fixture early.

Clerk of the course Andy Waitt said: "There has been a fire in the switch room by the generators and although we have power back into the buildings, we're worried if we turn on the floodlights it will trip out again.

"The fire was quickly under control and no-one was hurt but there is some damage, which we'll have to assess with the experts."

The problem arose before the second-last race, which was delayed seven minutes but went ahead as planned, although there were no live pictures shown on At The Races.

"We had back-up power for the scales and the stewards to watch the 8.40 race in safety but because the sunset is 9.10 we can't race within ten minutes of that time without floodlights, so in interests of health and safety we've had to abandon," Waitt added.

The fire was quickly under control and no-one was hurt

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