Condenser Fire at Dominion Power Plant

Thursday, September 3, 2015 @ 07:09 PM gHale

The Dominion Virginia Power plant on the Elizabeth River caught fire after titanium tubing in a three-story condenser triggered a two-alarm blaze Tuesday.

Chesapeake, VA, firefighters found a three-story condenser on fire inside the plant and officials told them titanium tubing inside the condenser was on fire, said Fire Capt. Scott Saunders.

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They called for a second alarm at 2:44 p.m. because they had to climb three stories to attack the fire from above and because of the material that was burning, he said.

“It’s burning metal. It doesn’t go out like paper,” Saunders said. “You’ve got to put a lot of water and have a lot of hose and a lot of people to do it.”

Firefighters had the blaze under control in about three hours, according to the fire department.

It appears the cause of the fire was workers using cutting torches in that area, fire officials said.

Dominion was in the process of shutting down the facility, which sits on the west bank of the Elizabeth River near St. Juliens Creek.