Fairbanks power plant catches fire, crews able to quickly contain blaze

Published: Feb. 16, 2021 at 5:03 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Fire Station responded to the Fairbanks power plant, Aurora Energy LLC, on First Avenue to help put out a fire in the walls on Tuesday. According to Battalion Chief Dominic Lozano a fire started in the plant around 9:15 Tuesday morning and crews at the plant attempted to put it out. He said small fires start at the plant from time to time but this one spread to the walls.

Lozano said that the fire was in a hard to reach area and that they had to cut away some of the metal walls to access the flames and put it out. He said that they were able to extinguish the fire within 20 or 30 minutes their arrival. No one was injured in the incident.

While the firefighters were on scene the plant was able to stay operational ensuring that customers had power and hot water. Lozano said that the crew at the power plant was a big help in getting control of the fire. He said the plant crew is used to dealing with small fires and only calls when the get bigger or are in a hard to reach area.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but Lozano said that, “it seems like maybe a spark or two got inside a wall in the insulation, in the foam, in the coal dust or something of that nature.”

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