Saturday, February 24, 2018

T&TEC blaze leaves West in darkness


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

Mark Fraser

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.