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Fire Burns Xcel Power Plant’s Conveyor Belt System In Pueblo

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(credit: xcelenergy.com)

(credit: xcelenergy.com)

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters say a blaze on a conveyor belt system at Xcel Energy’s coal-fired Comanche power plant caused an estimated $1 million in damage.

The Pueblo Fire Department says the fire early Saturday happened on a conveyor belt system that is about 180 feet above ground. It moves coal from trains to storage areas.

The department says that according to initial reports, a subcontractor was doing welding work on the conveyor system when sparks ignited the conveyor belts, which had coal and coal residue on them. Burning pieces of conveyor belt fell into a stack of coal that also caught fire.

The department on Monday estimated the damage at $1 million.

No injuries were reported.

The fire department says Xcel can still generate electricity while it makes repairs.

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