Pole fire shuts down electricity

Electricity failed in parts of Grand Cayman for three hours on Wednesday afternoon after two separate incidents shut down power.

An electricity pole fire on Walkers Road left businesses, schools and homes in parts of George Town without power for an hour during lunchtime.

Caribbean Utilities Company customers on Outpost Road, Anthony Drive, Fairbanks Road, Walkers Road and South Sound Road were without power from 1pm until just after 2pm.

CUC spokeswoman Pat Bynoe-Clarke said it was necessary to shut down the electricity distribution feeder in the area while the fire was dealt with.

‘You have to close down the feeder because you would have significant damage in the area if the pole was burning and you still have electricity on that pole,’ she said.

But minutes after the power was restored to Walkers Road, it went out again.

At 2.20pm, the power went out along Walkers Road, Dorcy Drive, Cricket Square, Hospital Road and South Church Street to Sunset House and stayed out until about 4.30pm due to a failed line.

Ms Bynoe-Clarke said: ‘CUC expresses its appreciation for the patience of its customers during this service interruption and apologises for any inconvenience caused.’

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