quick response: Fire is seen at the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) sub-station in Westmoorings after an explosion which plunged Diego Martin and environs into darkness yesterday evening. The cause of the explosion is being investigated. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

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T&TEC blaze leaves West in darkness

VARIOUS parts of west Trinidad were without power up to late last night, following a fire at a Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC) sub-station opposite Westmall, Westmoorings.
A fire official at the Four Roads Fire Station told the Express a large team of fire officers immediately responded to the call about the blaze and up to 7.30 last night, they were on the scene try­ing to extinguish it.
The Express understands areas such as Diego Martin, Westmoorings, Carenage and as far as Chagua­ramas were in darkness last night.
Public Utilities Minister Nizam Baksh last night commended T&TEC for its quick response, stating once the utility was given the all-clear by the Fire Servi­ces, they would try to re-route power from the burnt-out transformer to another one in the area, and this he hoped would have provided consu­mers with electricity by late last night.
“We have crews in the area; it’s a challenge to restore the power but our people are on top of it. I always commend T&TEC engineers for being on top of these things, especially their response time,” Baksh said.
T&TEC communications manager Annabelle Brasnell said the utility was working assiduously to restore power as quick­ly as possible last night.
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