By G9ija

Parts of Calabar in Cross River State have been thrown into darkness as one of the transformers servicing the capital city at the 132/33 KV Sub-Station in Tinapa, Adiabo area was gutted by fire.

Following the incident, the whole of Atimbo in Calabar Municipality, State Housing Estate and IBB Way were in darkness.

The incident occurred on Saturday when workmen were working on the transformer.

The fire, which took several hours to put out, saw the equipment still billowing with smoke on Sunday morning.

Although the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, a witness in the neighbourhood, Johnson Okon, said they first heard an explosion and later balls of fire burning at the station.

Okon said: “We just heard the sound and saw fire.

“We all ran out and many people were shouting, but we could do nothing.

“We don’t know what caused the fire.”

A security man at the sub-station who pleaded anonymity, however, said no life was lost in the incident.

“They were actually working on the transformer when it caught fire and thank God nobody died or got injured in the process,” he stated.

When contacted, Collins Igwe, the Regional Manager of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, expressed shock and said he would visit the facility to assess the extent of damage.

Igwe said: “I have heard about the fire outbreak.

“It is shocking, nobody is sure about the cause.

“I am on my way to assess the extent of damage.

“We will look at how soon we can restore power to the parts of town affected.”