News available to ViewPointNigeria indicates that the Plateau State capital and its environs have been thrown into darkness following an outbreak of fire at an electricity sub-station belonging to the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC)

JED 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 broke out 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.

Eye witness said the firemen battled with the flames for about two hours before they could quench it.

By the time firemen 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.

Somebody who resides close to the affected substation said: “The whole area, as far as I can see is in total darkness” The management of Jos Electricity Distribution PLC appealed to customers in Plateau, Gombe and Bauchi States not to be despair as a result of the power outage

A statement by Head, corporate communication, Dr. Friday Adakole Elijah, attributed the outage to a fire incident at the kilometer 7 transmission station, Zaria road -Jos.

Dr. Elijah, who regretted inconveniences being suffered by customers, said a team of engineers had been mobilized to the scene of the incident with the view to restoring power within the shortest possible time.

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Fire outbreak in JEDC power plant throws Jos residents into darkness

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