GPL pole damaged after farmer sets straw in field on fire


[] – A Guyana Power and Light (GPL) pole at Better Hope, Essequibo Coast caught fire Sunday night at around 23:00 hours after a farmer set ablaze his field of dry paddy straw.

According to reports, the farmer who left the field unsupervised to burn would have caused serious problems to the Power Company’s transmission and distribution network on the Essequibo Coast.

Reports indicated that the pole which supports the power lines is planted on a dam near the rice field and caught fire after the fire grew out of control.

The fire, which was blazing on the pole was spotted by a group of church members who were going to Somerset and Berks village with a canter lorry from a crusade at West Bury.

Reports indicated that the group quickly called the GPL power station at Anna Regina and informed officers who took action to put out the fire and save the entire network from damages. [Rajendra Prabhulall]



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