NE Gas, Coal Plant Fire Quelled

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 @ 12:12 PM gHale

Firefighters spent about 45 minutes Tuesday bringing a fire under control at an Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) gas and coal-fired generation plant in northeast Omaha, NE.

Firefighters got the call at 3:30 a.m. after an employee reported a fire on the nine-story plant’s roof.

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The cause of the fire remains under investigation, OPPD’s Jodi Baker said.

“We do not have a damage estimate at this time, but we know that a small section of the boiler-building roof will need to be replaced,’’ she said.

The blaze, which was declared out around 4:15 a.m., may have begun near the facility’s top floor. Firefighters reported the fire spread to coal dust on the roof.

No one suffered an injury in the incident and all employees escaped unharmed, Baker said. There were no power outages as a result of the fire, OPPD said.

“We are grateful to firefighters for their quick response to extinguish the fire,’’ Baker said. “Our plant operations personnel routinely trains with the Omaha Fire Department on industrial safety, and they responded as trained.’’

Firefighters continued to put out embers at least an hour after the fire was declared under control.

Baker said the plant remains running and there was no impact on generation.

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