Central Regional Fire Safety Officer Mark Awotwe Quaye said, "because
we were not having the breathing apparatus which provides oxygen, two
of my men who were fighting the fire collapsed after inhaling the
The two men whose names was not readily available are currently
responding to treatment.
A GRIDCO transformer at Winneba caught fire causing extensive damage
to power generators at the station. It took fire fighters more than an
hour to bring the fire under control.
The burnt power station has plunged a population of over 60,331 in
darkness. The town and its environs are expected to be without
electricity for a week.
Central Regional Minister, Thomas Aquinas Quansah told Joy News the
situation is not one that can be addressed immediately. He is however
hopeful that power will be restored in a couple of days.
"This is not something they can fix today but they have assured us
that all hands are on deck to ensure that the situation is quickly
dealt with. We hope that before the end of the week there should be a
completion of all the repair works".
He indicated that Winneba and its environs might get power earlier
than Thursday but Swedru and Apam will have to wait a while longer.
He described the situation as a disaster but advised residents to keep
calm and allow officials of the Electricity Company of Ghana to
undertake the repair works.
The company's District Manager at Winneba said Investigations are
underway to establish the cause of the fire.