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Two firefighters hospitalised in transformer fire incident

Two firefighters fell unconscious Sunday while trying to bring under

control a fire at a power station at Winneba in the Central region.

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

toxic fume".

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.

Credit: Myjoyonline

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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