A major tragedy was averted after a fire broke out at a power sub-station in south Delhi’s Okhla area on Tuesday afternoon. The fire was doused before it could engulf a tank filled with 45,000 litres of crude oil.
“We managed to douse the blaze on time. Otherwise, there could have been a blast in the oil tank, causing damage,” a senior fire department officer said.
According to Delhi Transco officials, a 100 MVA power transformer at 220 KV Sub-Station caught fire at 2.28pm. No one was injured in the incident. However, power supply was hit in various parts of south Delhi — Kalkaji, CR Park, Greater Kailash I, II and III and Nehru Place.
“As a precautionary measure, the affected sub-station was isolated from the grid. The restoration of power supply started from alternative sources within 15 minutes of the incident. The power supply was normalised by 4pm,” a Delhi Trasnco spokesperson said.
“Ten fire tenders from Okhla fire station immediately rushed to the spot. Around 50 firemen took nearly an hour to control the blaze,” Atul Garg, deputy chief fire officer (south) said.
Eye-witnesses said thick black smoke and flames could be seen near the sub-station. “We saw a thick blanket of smoke in the area and those working at nearby multistoried buildings rushed out from their offices,” Rakesh Singh, a company worker in Okhla said.
Since the area is a hub of factories, factory owners and residents were warned to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution. “The fire was doused by 4.35 pm. The cause of the mishap is being investigated,” a Transco official said.