A massive power cut hit regions across Greece on Sunday night after a fire broke out at a high-voltage power station in a suburb of Athens.
The country’s power grid operator, ADMIE, said power was restored within 40 minutes in Athens and Piraeus and 55 minutes in eastern Peloponnese.
The fire broke out at the power station in Aspropyrgos, in the west of Athens. It was put out early on Monday morning after dozens of firefighters battled the flames.
The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, but one ADMIE official said it was probably a technical failure.
According to a preliminary assessment by the Fire Service the cause of the fire was due to a short circuit in the power plant.
It is estimated that more than one million people were left without electricity.
Due to the power outage in various areas of Attica, the Fire Brigade had to intervene in 18 cases to free people from elevators.