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2019-07-01 11:30:25

Residents have been thrown into total darkness as a transmission station belonging to the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), was on Sunday, gutted by fire, Igbere TV reports. Igbere TV reports that BEDC is the company in charge of electricities in Edo, Ondo and Delta States. The affected station is located in Sapele road area of Benin City, the Edo State capital. Igbere TV gathered that the Sapele road station is one of the major stations serving the three Southern states. An eyewitness and staff of the BEDC, told Igbere TV that the fire started with a spark, when power was restored, which resulted into an inferno. He, however, added that the fire had already spread to the substations and surrounding units, before help came by. According to him, “efforts to put out the fire were unsuccessful, as the inferno quickly spread to the main room leaving some staff on ground helpless.” Igbere TV gathered that it took some extra efforts of the Edo State Fire Service, who arrived late, to put the fire under control. When contacted by Igbere TV, a Spokesman of the BEDC, described the fire incident as “unfortunate.” He lamented the grave impact the incident would have on power distribution, but however assured that there is no cause for alarm. A statement later sent to Igbere TV by management of the BEDC read:

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