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West Trinidad in darkness following fire
Published on January 23, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version



By Marcia Braveboy
Caribbean News Now Senior Correspondent
Twitter: @mbraveboy

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A fire at one of the Trinidad and Tobago electricity commission (T&Tec) sub-stations left parts of West Trinidad in darkness on Wednesday.

In an immediate response, the National Operations Centre ensured security to the area was increased while fire fighters were putting out the fire.

The ministries of national security, communication and public utilities organized the combined response after receiving reports that a sub-station in the Diego Martin area was on fire.

The Trinidad and Tobago electricity commission says it is already identifying auxiliary lines to begin restoring power to the affected communities and is expect to do so within the hour.

T&Tec's corporate communications manager Annabelle Brasnell told the media the electricity company is at present re-routing supply from other stations to the communities affected. Brasnell said that power will be restored by 9:00 pm on Wednesday.

Initial reports said shoppers near the West Mall reported hearing a loud explosion around 6:30pm and later saw fire and plumes of dark smoke blowing out of the T&Tec West Moorings sub-station.

Motorists were urged to drive carefully while street lights and traffic lights were out.
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