HYDERABAD: At least 15 persons, including two linemen of Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO), sustained burn wounds while six others lost their lives when a Pole Mounted Transformer (PMT) exploded in Latifabad Unit 8 area.
In a statement the HESCOs spokesman cited overloading of the power connections on that 200 KV transformer as the reason for the blast.
“The HESCO staff was present there. As soon as the jumpers were attached and load was given on the PMT a sudden flash occurred and it caught fire and began to spill hot oil,” he said.
He said HESCO s Chief Executive Officer Rehan Hameed has prayed for swift recovery of the injured and expressed sympathy with the people who sustained losses due to the blast in the company s PMT.
The chief also formed a committee headed by Deputy Director Safety to conduct a probe into the cause of the incident and to fix responsibility.
According to the police, the incident happened in Latifabad Unit 8 near Akbari Ground and it also left three motorbikes and a rickshaw burnt. The injured people were shifted to Civil Hospital for treatment. Police sources said that five of the injured were in critical condition.