The fire engulfs part of the Tallawarra power plant in Yallah, with a transformer fully on

More than a dozen firefighters have been called into a fire at a major power substation in south Sydney, with Fire and Rescue NSW reporting multiple explosions at the scene.

Key points:

  • A transformer at Tallawarra Power Station in Wollongong, NSW, completely turned on
  • More than a dozen firefighters are on site, with a second substation at risk
  • Smoke from the site is not toxic, but residents of nearby suburbs are being asked to stay inside.

Fire and Rescue NSW said more than 60 firefighters were called in on Saturday afternoon at Tallawarra Power Station on Yallah Bay Road, Wollongong.

One substation transformer is fully on while a second is at risk.

Fire and Rescue NSW said it contained about 1,000 gallons of oil.

A large column of smoke from the fire is affecting the area around Wollongong and Unanderra, and flights to nearby Shellharbour Airport have been delayed.

Fire and Rescue NSW urged residents to stay indoors with windows and doors closed until air quality improves.

The fire at the Tallawarra power plant in Yallah broke out on Saturday afternoon. (ABC News)

“The fire is not increasing and emergency services are now preparing to put out the fire,” a Transgrid spokesman said.

“All site staff are counted and secure.

“The smoke from the place is not toxic. This will continue for a while.

“The fire will not affect the electricity supply to customers.”


Posted 1 hour 1 hour ago Sat. June 18, 2022 at 6:41 AM, updated 35 m ago 35 minutes ago Sat. June 18, 2022 at 8:03 AM

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