Coal Ash Fire at AK Power Plant

Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 04:10 PM gHale

There was a coal ash fire Sunday morning at the Fort Wainwright power plant in Fairbanks, Alaska.

No one was hurt and there was no disruption in service, said Grant Sattler, U.S. Army post spokesman.

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The cause of the fire that started in the south coal tower at about 9:30 a.m. is under investigation, Sattler said. The fire was extinguished by 11:30 a.m., he said.

Firefighters from Fort Wainwright were joined by firefighters from the Fairbanks Fire Department, the Steese Volunteer Fire Department, the University Fire Department and the fire department on Eielson Air Force Base, Sattler said.

“It’s always good to have the units on hand if needed,” he said.

The north coal tower is fully operational and sufficient to continue providing electricity and steam heat to the Army post, Sattler said.

Fort Wainwright’s Central Heat and Power Plant is a six-story plant operated by Doyon Utilities. Most of the system was built in the early 1950s, though it has been upgraded and added onto over the years.



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