Cheap energy customers in a town in Aberdeenshire were left without heating after water got into the gas supply pipes.
According to the Courier, energy users in Laurencekirk faced two nights without warmth when outside temperatures dropped to minus 14C.
Some 140 homes were affected by the burst water main, which has interrupted cheap gas supplies since the start of the week, while business energy users had their water cut off on Wednesday (December 22nd) so that engineers could locate the problem.
A spokeswoman for energy supplier Scotia Gas Networks commented: "We would like to apologise to all the affected residents in Laurancekirk.
"Water entered our gas pipes and we didn't know where it had come from so engineers had to attend to isolate the problem.
"Our team has been out working non-stop through the night for three days to resolve the issue."
Residents told the newspaper that they had used hot water bottles, electric blankets and sleeping suits in order to keep warm in the face of no hot water and no heating in their homes.
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