At approximately 6:30am Friday, March 27 2015, persons reported smoke coming from the main generator located on Northern Caribbean University’s (NCU’s) main campus. Emergency response teams soon arrived on the location and the blaze was extinguished.
The actual cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. However, there are speculations that the fire may have resulted from a lack of maintenance, or the plague of electrical outages that have been affecting Mandeville. Multiple persons on campus reported that there was a flickering of lights as well as power outages on the campus the last night before the incident.
As result of the fire, majority of the campus has been left without any electricity. Communication lines were down (including the internet) and many departments doors remained closed.
Workmen were observed on the scene, however, some areas on the campus still remains without electricity.
People living in Mandeville and Manchester by extension, should make an effort to protect their appliances and gadgets. It’s not enough to simply plug into your sockets. Invest in proper surge protectors, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), to safe guard against the frequent power outages and surges.