Broken Pipe Forces Power Plant Evac

Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 05:02 PM gHale

A water tube failed allowing water to empty directly into the furnace at the Viking Energy Plant in McBain, MI, Tuesday morning, officials said.

As a result, power plant personnel ended up evacuated because steam and smoke built up and there was no way to see what was causing it.

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As a precaution, members from the McBain and Missaukee County fire departments rushed to the scene.

They had the gear to go into the facility and find out what happened. After determining it was the ruptured pipe and no major fires had broken out, they turned on the plant fans, which drew the smoke and steam out.

There were no injuries in the incident, but the plant will shut down for at least two days while workers make repairs.