Niagara Falls Power Plant Fire Quickly Extinguished With Fire Sprinklers

Fire at U.S. power plant quickly doused

By:  Dan Dakin, Niagara Falls Review

Niagara Falls Power Plant Fire

A fire broke out at the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant in Lewiston, N.Y. Sunday but it was extinguished by the plant's internal fire suppression system, a spokesman said Monday.

Flames and smoke could be seen about 6 p.m. Sunday night as a transformer in one of the U.S. plant's 13 turbines ignited.

"It took a little over a half hour for the fire to be extinguished," said New York Power Authority director of media relations Michael Saltzman. "It was put out by the plant's automatic fire protection system before the local fire departments arrived."

One the fire was out, the fire department sprayed foam on the area to keep the heat down.

Saltzman said there were no injuries, and there was never an interruption in power.

A cause and damage estimate is still being figured out.