Fire at Xcel Plant Does Not Interrupt Power

Just a small fire this time at the Xcel energy plant on French Island.



The plant has had five fires in less than ten years.  In all but one case, the fires have been triggered by the garbage that's turned into energy through incineration.  The latest, early this morning, apparently started in the plant's sorting area.  Firefighters found heavy smoke when they showed up at the plant this morning.  There were no injuries and no interruption to energy production at the plant.  Three years ago, flour dust exploded at the plant, starting other garbage on fire.  Other fires have been caused by a faulty circuit breaker and a propane tank hidden in household garbage.

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