Cable Fire Causes 2-Day Blackout for 20,000 Homes in Hong Kong

June 22, 2022

By: Ali Pelura

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On Tuesday night, a power cable bridge caught fire on Kwong Yip Street in Yuen Long which is in the northwest part of Hong Kong. 

No injuries have been reported, but approximately 20,000 homes will be without power for two days. This outage has also affected hospitals, trains and schools. 

Investigators have found that the fire broke out around 7 p.m. on Tuesday. It damaged three 132kV high-voltage cables, initially cutting off power for over 160,000 households. 

Electricity supplier, CLP Power, reported that they were able to resume electricity for about 140,000 homes but would need two days to finish the repairs for 20,000 homes in Tin Shui Wai. Electric supply for essential services like railways and hospitals has been restored. 

On Wednesday, Hong Kong’s government released a statement saying that it is “very concerned about the power cable accident,” and that it will “request CLP Power to investigate the incident in detail.”