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Fire has destroyed part of NTL's cable network in Nottingham leaving thousands of customers unable to use their phones, TVs or the Net. The blaze broke out last night after an electric cable caught fire in underground ducting. The flames damaged NTL's fibre optic links. Engineers have been working round the clock to repair the damage, said Mick Casey, a spokesman for NTL. He said he hoped al those affected would be reconnected by this evening. Casey also said the outage only affected people in the Nottingham area. He denied early reports that NTL's switch had gone up in smoke causing disruption to the whole of the North of England. ® Related Story Demon weathers storm as offices flooded

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