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Quick action puts out fire at power plant

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

Quick action puts out fire at power plant

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A SMALL FIRE at the Barbados Light and Power Company Ltd (BL&P) was extinguished today by efforts of the staff after it broke out opposite the compound which houses major oil tanks.

When a NATION team arrived at the Spring Garden generating plant, the fire had already been extinguished and fire officers were preparing to leave.

Acting Divisional Officer Gordon Boxhill, who commanded the team of fire officers, indicated that it was not a fire that was a cause for major concern.

“Usually when we hear a fire at (Barbados) Light and Power we spring into action, but it was a small combustible fire caused by some hanging branches from a casuarina tree on the roof of the hut. My advice to them is if they can’t trim the branches then they should take care that the branches don’t fall where a fire can be caused,” he said.

According to communications coordinator of the BL&P, Jennifer Blackman, they received a report that a small fire broke out at approximately 11.30 a.m. yesterday at their Spring Garden plant.

“As a result, all personnel were evacuated to our Pile Bay assembly point. The Barbados Fire Service responded in a quick manner, and the all clear was given soon after. Personnel were able to resume work an hour later and investigations are still continuing,” she said. (RA)