The fire at the Caballito de Edesur substation that left more than 60 thousand people dead is beginning to be investigated. While the company waits for the final results of the expert reports, there is already a first indication that could explain why the accident occurred.
The company itself reported in a statement that “indications were found that would allow us to determine the causes of the fire” that left more than 60,000 people without electricity, of which 13,000 still remain without power.
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The suspicion maintained by Edesur is that a malfunction in an oil filtration machine would have been the trigger that caused the flames in the Buenos Aires substation and that forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from nearby buildings.
“We can assert, subject to confirmation from specialists, that the incident occurred when a crew was carrying out maintenance work at the site,” added the company's official statement.
In that same letter, they detailed that “the fire experts will analyze today (this Sunday) the causes of the incident” and they revealed what could actually be the reason that generated the brutal incident.
When does the power return in Caballito and how many people are affected (Photo: Edesur).
The company explained that “it was a scheduled oil filtration activity in one of the main transformers, work for which a specific treatment machine is used for that task.”
“The fire would have originated in said filtration machine, later affecting the rest of the facilities,” they indicated, awaiting the final results of the expert report that could confirm the indication.
According to Edesur, there are still “13,200 customers without supply, which represents that 80% have recovered service.” In parallel, the company announced that it will take an extreme measure to solve the problem of users who are still without electricity supply.
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“In the next few hours, large generating equipment will be installed to reduce the number of affected customers and while the substation reconstruction tasks begin,” they added.
What is Edesur's emergency operation to return the power to Caballito?
Edesur explained that the emergency operation to return power to Caballito in the next few hours involves:
Mobilization of generating sets. Temporary works to try to minimize the outage area. Work in conjunction with the City Government and the Ministry of Energy. Operational for electrodependents in the area.
Map of power outages: which neighborhoods of CABA are without service today
The CABA neighborhoods most affected by the lack of light (low and high voltage) are the following:
AlmagroBoedoCaballitoMonserratLa PaternalSan NicolásParque Chacabuco
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Where to contact Edesur for power outages
Facebook: Edesur Argentina. WhatsApp: 11 6187 6995. Emergencies: 0800 222 0200.