A generator turbine fire has caused a widespread power outage, affecting about 400,000 people in south-east Queensland.

The major incident has impacted multiple systems, including traffic lights and Brisbane’s airports.

Energy provider Energex confirmed the “widespread outage”, that began about 2.30pm, was affecting customers “from the Gold Coast to Caboolture”.

CS Energy
A generator turbine fire has caused a widespread power outage, affecting about 400,000 people in south-east Queensland. (CS Energy)

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have confirmed they were called to a generator turbine fire at the Callide Power Station at Biloela, about 280km northwest of Bundaberg this afternoon.

Three crews are currently on scene trying to contain the blaze, with three more crews reportedly en route to assist.

A 550m exclusion zone has been set up around the area, with an evacuation effort reportedly underway.

There are reports the fire was started by an explosion at the plant.

Brisbane’s Domestic and International Airports both reported their systems going offline for about 15 minutes before backup generators kicked in, which resulted in three flights being delayed.

Queensland’s Department of Transport Main Roads has reported multiple power outages affecting traffic lights and directional signals, advising motorists to take caution heading into peak hour traffic.

Parts of Enegex’s website is currently down, including its power outage map.



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