Lightning triggers tree and pole fire

| 06/01/2020 | 9 Comments
  • Cayman News Service
  • Cayman News Service

(CNS): CUC and Cayman Islands Fire Service crews battled a dramatic fire near to condos at Lime Tree Bay off the Esterly Tibbetts Highway on Saturday evening after lightning struck a tree, which caught fire and in turn set a utility pole ablaze.

An undisclosed number of CUC customers were without power for a brief period, but in a Facebook post the power provider said some customers were without power until the early morning hours, as they sought to put out the fire and replace the pole.

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  1. Only slightly in the dark says:

    No matter what the cause, thank you to all of the first responders who came out on a holiday weekend to work on this mess. Even though the fire spoiled a lovely evening, we were all safe at home while these dilligent workers from CUC and Fire Service were out in the dark fixing our problem.

    However, I do have one question, as to why this single transformer caused a power outtage for such a large area. From my vantage point, I could see darkness all the way from Lime Tree Bay to Magellion, and from West Bay Road all the way to the North Sound.

    I am not a professional in the business of supplying power to the masses, but this seems like a very large are that one transformer would affect. Are there no backup ways of powering things up? I know in other places where I’ve lived there are ways for the electric company to “re-route” the power to decrease the area impacted.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Lightning my ass, this was a consequence of a tree brushing the power lines causing a short and a fire.
    But don’t let the truth get in the way of a ‘dramatic’ story.

  3. Mikey says:

    Lightning what? the tree was brushing the wires, kept on sparking till it ignited.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I like Polish people.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Actually, the power cut off about 6 times throughout the night. I feel sorry for people who had no power surge protectors!

  7. Anon says:

    Historic!, the only pole NOT destroyed by a vehicle.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Oh well, makes a change from a car smash.


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