Fire extinguished at Dickerson power plant

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Electrical equipment caught fire Monday evening at the power plant in Dickerson, drawing firefighters from Montgomery and Frederick counties.

The Dickerson Generating Station, formerly owned by Mirant, is now owned by NRG, a national power company. NRG East Region spokesman David Gaier said in an email that electrical switchgear, or a control panel, caught fire in the plant at about 2:30 p.m. on Monday. The fire was contained in the switchgear room and extinguished by 7 p.m.

"The cause of the fire isn't known and is being investigated," Gaier said.

Firefighters from Clarksburg, Germantown, Kensington, Kingsview, Braddock Heights, Hyattstown, Urbana, Carroll Manor and the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department assisted plant personnel with the fire. There were no injuries.

The plant mainly uses coal, but can also generate energy from oil and natural gas. It is capable of generating over 800 megawatts, The Gazette previously reported. Gaier said the plant first went online in 1959 and currently employs about 200 people.


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