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Fire at the Basauri electrical substation: dense smoke and power outages

Shocking photograph of the fire at the Basauri electrical substation, with dense smoke and intense flames.

Laura Rangel Ybarra

July 5, 2023 | 12:30 p.m.

Fire in electrical substation: Impact of the catastrophe in Basauri

At 00:40 a.m., the tranquility of the town of Basauri was abruptly interrupted by a fire in a electrical substation. The flames generated a column of black smoke that did not go unnoticed. The incident caused power outages, affecting approximately 3000 customers in Basauri and the nearby towns of Zaratamo and Arrigorriaga.

Emergency services response

Fire teams and Iberdrola technicians quickly rushed to the scene. The extinction tasks, however, were complex due to the nature of the site, described as a "concrete bunker" by the chief of the Bizkaia Fire Department, Arturo Gabaldón. At 10:15 a.m., it was confirmed that the fire had been extinguished.

Recommendations to the population and damage to the substation

The Provincial Council of Bizkaia urged residents, particularly in the San Miguel neighborhood, to close their windows due to the thick smoke. It was stressed that any smoke is toxic and caution was in order.

The substation, which belongs to Iberdrola, had recently undergone improvements. Power company sources confirmed extensive damage on the plant. However, they ensured that the electricity supply was secured thanks to smart grids and other nearby substations.

Highway safety measures

As a precautionary measure, the total cut of the nearby BI-712. The Basauri Municipal Police has been regulating traffic in the area to guarantee the safety of drivers and nearby residents.

Reflections and follow-up of the fire

This incident in Basauri underscores the importance of safety and preparedness in critical infrastructures such as electrical substations. Follow-up investigations are imperative to understand the causes of the fire and ensure that steps are taken to prevent future similar incidents.

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