Two pole fires leave 3,000 in dark

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The Caribbean Utilities Company
said late Thursday that two pole fires in George
Town’s Industrial Park area caused power outages
earlier in the day.

 Businesses and residents in parts of George Town, including North Sound Road, Dorcy Drive, Thomas Russell Way
and Smith Road
were affected.

The first outage lasted from 9:19
a.m. until 10:45 a.m. when power was restored
to the majority of the customers affected, CUC officials said.

The second
outage occurred at 11:45 a.m. and power was restored to all customers by 3:30
p.m. Late Thursday, a small number of customers in the vicinity of Dorcy Drive
remained without power. The lights were expected to come back on around 5pm.

 CUC said 3,000 customers were initially affected.
The company was able to re-route power on its distribution system to restore electricity
to the majority of customers within an hour.

Customers in the immediate vicinity
of the pole fires had to wait longer for their power to be restored while CUC
crews made repairs.

CUC Vice
President Andrew Small said pole fires can occur after a period of no rain and
moderate to high winds, which allows salt to build up on the lines. Under these
circumstances, pole fires may occur if the lines and associated equipment
receive light rain.

The
combination of the salt and water on the insulators causes electricity leakage
to the wood poles which may be ignited. Usually, heavy rains will completely
wash the salt off.

“I wish to
assure our customers that our crews continue to monitor and maintain our
infrastructure to minimize such occurences. 
Reliability of service is always our number one priority.”  Mr. Small stated.

CUC
apologises for any inconvenience this interruption in service may have caused.

 

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