A CORDON was put up in Silk Mill Street in Knutsford this morning (Friday) as a precautionary measure after smoke was seen coming from a manhole.

At around 11.15am firefighters were called to reports of a possible fire on Silk Mill Street.

On arrival the crews discovered smoke coming from an electricity manhole cover in the street.

Two fire engines attended from Knutsford and Lymm.

A temporary cordon was put in place as a precautionary measure, and an engineer from Electricity North West was called to the scene.

Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to monitor the temperature of the manhole. Police were also in attendance at the scene.

At 1.30pm due to concerns over the temperature of the manhole a dry powder extinguisher and covering jet were put in place as a precautionary measure.

Firefighters moved a number of nearby cars and a full road closure was put in place, and engineers arrived at the scene and worked to isolate the power source.

By 3pm engineers had isolated the power and the manhole was no longer smoking.