Fire Guts ECG Plant 

Hundreds of residents from about five municipalities and districts in the Central Region would have no light for some time due to a fire outbreak on Saturday which gutted a GLICO substation at Winneba junction, destroying a big transformer that supplies electricity to those areas.

The affected areas are Kasoa, Apam, Agona Swedru, Winneba, Gomoa Dawurampong and Gomoa Dago.

It took the intervention of three fire stations in the region, namely Winneba, Agona Swedru and Apam District, to put out the fire which started around 7:00pm.

DAILY GUIDE  gathered that two fire officers who collapsed during the fire-fight were rushed to the Winneba Government Hospital, where they were admitted and are currently responding to treatment.

In an interaction with the press, the Efutu Fire Safety Officer, Mr Justice Goka, stated that he had a call at about 7:00pm that there was a fire outbreak at the substation, which compelled him and his men to rush to the scene.

Mr Goka noted that after battling with the fire for some time, they decided to seek assistance from Apam and Agona Swedru fire stations.

He hinted that the situation would affect water supply at the affected areas as there would be no power for the Ghana Water Company (GWC) to pump water to the areas.

The Fire Safety Officer noted that the cause of the fire was not yet known as investigations were ongoing.

Information gathered by  DAILY GUIDE  on Sunday indicated that a delegation from GLICO in Accra was visiting the scene to ascertain the damage and see how best they could put the place in order.

DAILY GUIDE  learnt that the situation created an artificial traffic jam on the Agona Swedru-Winneba road, where police personnel at Winneba had to intervene by directing traffic to ensure law and order on the road.

DAILY GUIDE further gathered that parents who stay around the sub-station, upon seeing the blaze even abandoned their children and ran to other areas to seek refuge, as the children ran helter-skelter.

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From Sarah Afful, Winneba 

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