Trans­former ex­plo­sion causes grass fire

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

AN EX­PLO­SION caused by a fallen power line in Than­g­ool on Mon­day night left more than 6000 peo­ple with­out power for sev­eral hours.

The af­fected power line sup­plied power to Monto, Boyne Is­land and Agnes Wa­ter and af­fected some peo­ple in Bororen, Turkey Beach, Miriam Vale and parts of Biloela.

Two ru­ral fire units and lo­cal po­lice were called to the scene at 6.14pm.

“I just walked out­side be­cause I live just down here and I heard the ex­plo­sion and the big flash,” Than­g­ool Fire and Rescue Sta­tion cap­tain Don­ald Bald­win said.

Er­gon En­ergy crews were called to con­duct tests at the site while firies mon­i­tored and con­tained the fire as they waited for con­fir­ma­tion the fallen lines were live.

“We couldn’t do any­thing un­til it Er­gon cleared the scene,” Don said.

“They came across with their cherry picker and did their bit.

“It was lucky it didn’t burn any other lines com­ing down, oth­er­wise it would have been a big job.”

The area af­fected by the fire was off the Bur­nett High­way in the Ram­say Street area of Than­g­ool on a gravel patch.

The fire was deemed safe at 8.40pm.

Power was re­stored to most houses by 11pm.

Don said this week­end could see some more grass fires, with heavy winds of around 24kmh pre­dicted.

“What hap­pens is the heavy winds blow about and some of the power lines aren’t very tight and they fall down,” he said.

“So this week­end could be fun, things are cer­tainly dry so it could be very busy.”

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