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Plateau, Gombe, Bauchi, Benue in darkness after Electricity Distribution Company burns


Plateau State, Gombe, Bauchi and Benue states have been thrown into darkness following an outbreak of fire at an electricity sub-station belonging to the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC).
JEDC PLC is an indigenous electricity firm incorporated in Nigeria to carry out the business of electricity distribution and retail sale in the regions of Plateau, Gombe, Bauchi and Benue states
The sub-station where the fire occurred is located on Zaria Road. It supplies electricity to major parts of the state capital.
The fire was said to have begun at 5:30pm when neighbours noticed thick black smoke oozing out of the plant.
Men of the state fire service who arrived at the scene an hour after the fire began were unable to douse the flame. The fire had already engulfed the entire building hosting the sub-station.
witnesses said the firemen battled the flames for about two hours before they could overcome it.
By the time they eventually put out the fire, the company’s 150MVA power plant estimated at N20million had already been destroyed.
The disaster led to the disruption of power supply across Plateau state and surrounding states.
A statement by Head, corporate communication, Dr. FridayAdakole Elijah, attributed the outage to a fire incident at the kilometer 7 transmission station, Zaria road -Jos.

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