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Fire erupts @ BVI Electricity Power Plant, Pockwood Pond

- Swift action by employees helped avoid a catastrophe
October 8th, 2017 | Tags: fire blaze Pockwood Pond power plant BVIEC
The blaze at the BVI Electricity Corporation compound at Pockwood Pond is seen from a distance today, October 8, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Smoke emanating from the Power Plant compound at Pockwood Pond today, October 8, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Smoke emanating from the Power Plant compound at Pockwood Pond today, October 8, 2017. Photo: Facebook
POCKWOOD POND, Tortola, VI- It was early this morning October 8, 2017 when some employees at the state-owned BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC) power plant at Pockwood Pond on the western End of Tortola smelt something burning.

On closer examination the smoke was coming from a room that housed the switchgear which was on fire.

The employees on duty moved fast to contain the fire and also called the BVI Fire and Rescue Department for support.  

“If this fire had continue it could have resulted in major damages to the plant and all the restoration works done” following killer storm Hurricane Irma, according to someone close to the situation.

In other words, a major disaster was averted this morning when a team from the Corporation swiftly put out the blaze at the power plant at Pockwood Pond.

A Government spokeswoman, Natalie O. Hodge, writing on social media today, said that “a full report will be forthcoming."

6 Responses to “Fire erupts @ BVI Electricity Power Plant, Pockwood Pond”

  • cay (08/10/2017, 17:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    When it rains it pours
  • wize up (08/10/2017, 18:42) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    such a stragic facility should have its own fire suppression system: even the hospital should have an adiquate fire suppression system: but we have 2 jet planes that can take off yet and a beach at brandy wine bay only God knows what when wrong there but millions of your tax dollars gone......listen good; who vex vex and who wants to name call it's alright with me
  • shark (08/10/2017, 21:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    F.Y.I the hospital has statd if the art fire supression system
  • Good Job Guys (09/10/2017, 05:49) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    These good workers shouldnt had to smell something to figure out something is burning, an alarm should have got their attention either an over heating or a smoke alarm should have been screaming... Fix it...and other critical areas and places in the BVI Now...We cant take no more set back. We cant take no more bad news...Electric rehabilitation is already moving slower than expected...
  • Unmitigated nonsense (10/10/2017, 11:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Elon Musk, Google, Facebook, Cisco, Microsoft and several other entities and corporations have joined forces to restore power and communications to the USVI and Puerto Rico and place sustainable energy systems.
    Our government kicked out the UK and sits on it's thumbs while we burn.

    Lucky us.

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