Thursday 26 November, 2020

Man burns to death while reportedly stealing copper wires at JPS plant

Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has reported that a man died overnight on Sunday while in the act of stealing copper cables from the company’s power station in Old Harbour, St Catherine.

In a release on Monday, JPS said between late Sunday night and early on Monday morning, “a man gained illegal access to the premises of the JPS Old Harbour Power Station in St Catherine, where he attempted to remove copper cables.”

The company further said in the process, “the man cut an energised high voltage wire, which resulted in a fire at the (power) station.”

The fire was put out by the Old Harbour Fire Department, after which the burnt body of the man was discovered on the compound of the power station.

JPS said it is reminding persons of the dangers involved in tampering with the company’s equipment, and is appealing to persons to desist from carrying out illegal activities on the electricity network.

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