Fairbanks Fire Department responds to second blaze at Aurora Energy plant

Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 4:09 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A coal dust fire broke out at the Aurora Energy power plant on 1st Avenue Monday morning.

This fire comes less than a week after the Fairbanks Fire Department (FFD) responded to a different blaze at the plant, although at this time there appears to be no relation between the two events.

According to a press release, the FFD arrived on the scene and began fighting the fire at 12:30 a.m.

After containing the fire, the department wrapped up around 11:30 a.m.

Battalion Chief Dominic Lozano explained that the Fort Wainwright, University, Chena Goldstream, and Steese fire departments provided mutual aid in containing the fire.

“Coal fires are super tough in the fact that they kick up in the dust, light off continuously, and so you’re continuously chasing fire on the walls, fires around the walls, behind you... and so to make sure that was done safely, [it] was excellent job done by our crews, and the surrounding fire departments came in and assisted us, and all did a great job,” Lozano said.

The power plant remained in operation throughout the fire, although traffic at the site was limited to one lane.

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