Coal Plant Blaze in TX

Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 01:04 PM gHale

A fire at unit 1 at the coal-fired Harrington Generating Station spread into three cells Wednesday morning, officials said.

Xcel Energy’s Emergency Response Team at Harrington Generating Station in Amarillo, TX, received a call at 9 a.m. of a fire in the unit 1 cooling tower. The coal-fueled steam power plant has three units totaling 1,018 megawatts of capacity.

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The cooling towers take steam from the boiler and condense it back to water. Unit 1 has two towers with eight cells apiece. The fire spread into three cells.

The onsite response team had water on the fire within minutes of the notification, and Xcel said they had had excellent response from the Amarillo and Potter County Fire Departments. By 10 a.m., the fire was under control. There were no injuries in the fire.

Unit 1 continues to operate at about half capacity. Units 2 and 3 are operating normally. Xcel doesn’t anticipate any reliability issues on the power grid because of the fire.

Xcel is still investigating the cause of the fire.

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