Officials at the Dynegy Hanging Rock, Ohio Plant reported the three unaffected units at the plant were back in operation Monday following a fire Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Micah Hirschfield, of Dynegy, said the fire broke out at approximately 10:17 p.m.
“The fire started on a transformer, which was caused by a failed high voltage bushing,” Hirschfield told The Daily Times. “The bushing is the connection between the transformer and the high voltage wires.”
Hirschfield said plant personnel immediately called 911 and ceased operation.
“Fire departments from Hamilton Township, Ironton and Elizabeth Township were dispatched for assistance,” Hirschfield said. “And because of the nature of an electrical fire there is not an immediate put out.”
Hirschfield said the fire was brought under control just after 10 a.m., Sunday with no injuries involved.
“Once the fire hazard has been eliminated and we think that will be today (Monday),” Hirschfield said. “There are three unaffected units at the plant and they will restart power production.”
Dynegy is a certified retail electricity supplier powering more than 130,000 retail customers across 11 Ohio communities. According to their website, the company is committed to Ohio with the state’s main office in Cincinnati. Dynegy is Ohio’s third-largest electricity supplier and growing. It currently serves five percent of the total Ohio market and eight percent of commercial and industrial customers who have switched from the utility.
The capacity of the Hanging Rock Plant is 1,296 megawatts. It is a gas intermediate plant owned 100 percent by Dynegy.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.
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