Fire

Bermudan 'catastrophic' power failure investigation.(Product guide)

UK independent power engineering specialist EA Technology has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire which plunged Bermuda into darkness on July 14.

Forensic investigator Dr Dawn Miller has flown to the island to examine the wreckage of one of Bermuda Electric Light Company Limited's (BELCO's) power transmission boards, whose failure caused a fire with flames 60 feet high that took eight hours to control.

Described by BELCO President and CEO Garry A Madeiros as "a catastrophic failure--the worst case scenario", the fire cut power to all 60,000 residents of the island, though the company restored power to 90 per cent of the island the same day.

A special committee of the Board of Directors has been formed to work with EA Technology to establish the sequence of events which led to the failure and will make its findings public. …

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