Pole fire knocks out GT power

Caribbean Utilities Company is investigating the cause of a pole fire that plunged George Town into darkness for as long as eight hours Sunday.

The outage affected areas of the George Town district, including Owen Roberts International Airport, Dorcy Drive, Industrial Park, Elgin Avenue and Hospital Road.

CUC spokeswoman Pat Bynoe-Clarke said Monday that the source of the pole fire was unknown.

The interruption to power supplies started, she said, at 7:34 p.m Sunday. “Most of the electricity was restored by 9:35 p.m. However, there were a few customers who were not restored until 3:16 a.m. [Monday] morning,” Ms Bynoe-Clarke said.

CUC crews worked into the early part of the morning to replace the pole, she added.

An earlier outage, on Dec. 11, affected consumers from Lower Valley to Northward. Like Sunday’s pole fire, however, CUC has so far been unable to establish any cause for that interruption.

Sunday’s outage involved damage to two distribution circuits, according to CUC.