Underground Coal Plant Fire

Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:04 AM gHale

There was a small but tricky underground fire at a coal-fired power plant in southern Charles County, MD, early Wednesday.

A third shift worker at the GENON Coal Facility in Newburg, MD, reported the fire in an underground coal hopper train car around 2:30 a.m., said to Bill Smith, spokesman for the Charles County Volunteer Fire Department.

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Smith said the train cars move coal underground to conveyor belts that lift the coal to above ground silos.

Nineteen firefighters responded to the scene and worked to douse the flames, which were difficult to safely access and extinguish, Smith said. 

Plant officials were notified, and there were no injuries in the incident.

Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control and wrap up operations around 5:40 a.m.



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