Member of the public injured at electrical substation

About 8,000 customers in Armstrong, Enderby and Vernon were without power Thursday night

An individual was injured after entering an electrical compound in Armstrong.

A power outage occurred at the Smith Drive substation at about 9 p.m. Thursday after a fire broke out in the facility.

“We received reports of a member of the public inside the substation,” said Mora Scott, B.C. Hydro spokesperson.

A 25-year-old man was found inside the fenced facility.

“He suffered significant burns and was transported to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital,” said Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy, with the RCMP.

The man is not a B.C. Hydro employee.

“RCMP are investigating why the man was inside that area,” said Noseworthy.

Once on scene, Hydro staff tackled the fire.

“There was a piece of equipment damaged and crews were able to make repairs,” said Scott.

The incident knocked out power to about 8,000 customers in Armstrong, Enderby and Vernon and electricity was restored by midnight.