Coal Fire out at FL Utility

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 @ 06:01 PM gHale


A coal fire at Duke Energy’s Crystal River Energy Complex in Citrus County, FL, attracted attention Thursday, but caused no injuries or damage to the plant.

Crews with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue division got the call Thursday morning to the complex to extinguish a smoldering coal fire.

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Workers at the plant, located off U.S. 19 north of Crystal River, smelled burning coal at about 9:30 a.m. from inside a silo at one of the plant’s two coal-fired units, according to Duke spokeswoman Kim Crawford.

Crawford said there was no damage to equipment, no injuries reported and no danger to the public based on the location of the fire.

After putting the fire out, crews remained at the plant to monitor the silo’s temperature before clearing the scene at 1:30 p.m.

Since the hard-to-reach fire could only be put out with foam, plant operators contacted firefighters with the sheriff’s office, Crawford said. The plant planned to keep roving fire watches and foam equipment on-site throughout the night, she added.



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