Shikalbaha power plant fire brought under control

A fire that broke out at the Shikalbaha 60MW Power Plant in Chittagong has been brought under control, the Fire Service and Civil Defence has said.

Published : 30 August 2015, 01:30 PM
Updated : 30 August 2015, 02:04 PM

Electricity supply to the division’s southern region, Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban had been suspended after the fire broke out on Sunday afternoon, a Power Development Board (PDB) official said.
The plant’s Manager Bhuban Bijoy Dutta said a 132 KV transformer had caught fire around 3:30pm.
The flames had soon spread to another nearby transformer, he told
Agrabad Fire Service Deputy Assistant Director Jasim Udin said eight fire-fighting units doused the fire around 5:30pm.
Chittagong PDB Chief Engineer (Distribution-South zone) Ajharul Islam told sparks from a wire that had snapped during a heavy rain had ignited the fire.
“One transformer has been completely damaged while another suffered a minor damage.”
The fire, however, had not affected the power supply to the port city, he added.