South African substation in Pretoria caught fire after lightning strike

Thousands of residents were left without electricity after the Brakfontein substation in Centurion south of Pretoria caught fire after being struck by lightning.

“It was during the heavy downpour and thunderstorm which was accompanied by a tremendous flash of lightning that two transformers at the substation caught fire, impacting on the distribution of electricity to households and businesses supplied by the Brakfontein substation,” said City of Tshwane spokesperson Lindela Mashigo.

“Currently, the city is occupying itself with assessment of infrastructural needs. This will enable the city to commit the necessary resources and give the estimated power restoration time.

“The immediate focus of the city now will be to ensure provision and restoration of power supply to the affected residents and businesses. It is only after the affected customers have electricity and infrastructure repairs done that we will be able to establish and disclose the cost of damages,” said Mashigo, adding that the city apologized for the inconvenience caused by the outage.

Source: Times