TCN Sub Station Fire in Ibadan

3 persons were on Wednesday, injured in a 150 MVA transformer and cables fire at the Ayede sub-station of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Ibadan.

Safety Record gathered that the fire started at about 6:15 am., with distress calls made to firefighters at around 7:20 am.

It was reported that firefighters from the Oyo State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service and some corporate organisations in the state such as CBN, Zartech and Sweetco, all responded to the distress calls.

Officials of the state chapter of the Nigeria Red Cross as well as the personnel of the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were also on ground to provide support.

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Mr. Ojo Olaleye, Secretary, Nigeria Red Cross Society, informed the press that no life was lost, three persons, however, sustained minor injuries.

Olaleye who said all the persons who sustained injured are in stable condition, reported that one had abrasions on his body from leaning on a hot wall, adding that another suffered injury in his leg, while the third had slight burns.

An Engineer at the station, who did not want his name published, said that the fire was caused by an electric surge that resulted in a spark, which was escalated by the oil in the transformer.

He said that members of staff of the company made efforts to put out the fire, but had to call the fire service when their efforts proved.

Also speaking, the Director of Fire Service, Oyo State, Mr. Adewuyi Moshood, said that the highly inflammable oil content of the transformer was a challenge in promptly putting out the fire.

Moshood called on TCN to always install protective devices that would protect its transformers anytime it was over-worked.

The combined efforts of the firefighters led to the putting out of the fire around 10:30 am.

Ayede sub-station supplies power to Ibadan, Iseyin, Iwo, Saki and Sagamu, adding that those communities might not have light until the transformer was replaced.


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