Fire at Coal Power Plant Blamed on Equipment Failure

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Muscatine, IA -- Muscatine Power and Water's coal-fired power plant had a fire on August 30, which brought unit 9 offline.

The plant has three units, totaling 276MW of power.  Units 7 & 8 were not affected, but unit 9 was taken offline by the fire.  

MP&W said that the fire started at 12:35pm from an equipment failure.  The equipment failure "caused lubrication oil to overflow onto hot piping" and resulted in a "small fire."

According to a release by the Muscatine Fire Department, "Containment of the fire was challenging due to the unique aspects of the equipment, but the fire was held in one area and did not spread."  The fire department used three extinguishing agents to fight the fire and declared it under control at 3:13pm. 

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