Blaze Out at Huge GA Coal Plant

Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 06:07 PM gHale

A fire broke out in the switchyard of Plant Bowen, a Georgia Power plant in Bartow County.
Photo by Tyson Paul

Cause of a fire at a coal-fired power plant in Euharlee, Georgia last Thursday remains under investigation, officials said.

While the cause of the fire remains unknown, a Georgia Power official said the blaze appears to be the result of an equipment failure.

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The fire had been contained by 6 p.m. at Plant Bowen, located at 317 Covered Bridge Road, fire officials said.

Georgia Power, which owns the plant, said the fire began in the facility’s switchyard. No flames were reported inside the plant itself.

Officials said no one suffered an injury in the situation. A spokesperson said they are monitoring the situation for the safety of employees. 

Witnesses at the scene reported hearing fire alarms and seeing thick black smoke coming from the area.

This is not the first time that emergency crews have responded to the plant for an incident. In October 2015, a contract worker sustained burns on both arms from an electrical arc between pieces of equipment.

In April 2013, a generator explosion at the plant injured two people. The explosion occurred when Unit 2 was coming down for planned maintenance, Georgia Power officials said. None of the injuries were serious.

The investigation in the 2013 incident blamed human error and a breakdown in communication. OSHA fined Georgia Power $119,000.

Plant Bowen is a coal-fired power station. At over 3,200 megawatts, Plant Bowen is one of the largest coal-fired power plants in North America.

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