Fire Won't Close Cayuga Power Plant

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Fire Won't Close Cayuga Power Plant

Employees were evacuated from the Cayuga Power Plant when a structure fire and heavy smoke were seen on Wednesday morning.

An image shared on Twitter shows flames and thick smoke from the plant's smokestack from 15 miles away at Cornell Unviersity.  It appeared as though the fire ignited between the seventh and twelfth floors.  Early reports indicated that a machine caught fire and the flames spread.

"The fire does not appear to be related to any of the generating equipment or to the power plant itself; it's something that's within the structure," said Lee Shurtleff, Emergency Response Director.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was under control within 90 minutes.  The fire broke out during routine maintenance of the unit 2 turbine.

The incident is under investigation.

Read the full story here. 

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