Massive fire reported at DTE Energy power plant in St. Clair County


DTE Power Plant Fire

A Marine City fire official has told WXYZ-TV that the plant is on fire.

The plant is expected to remain closed for the foreseeable future, while the situation is being assessed.

“We want to thank the various fire departments in the area for their quick response and action, and the community for its support”, said DTE Energy.

No residential evacuations were immediately ordered, but deputy county emergency manager Ken Cummings told the Times-Herald of Port Huron a plan was in place if they became necessary.

The utility reassured customers that there won’t be interruptions with their electrical service.

Aside from the DTE team, fire fighters from across St. Clair county also responded to the blaze.

A fire rages at the DTE Energy St. Clair Power Plant Thursday, Aug 1l, 2016, in East China Township, Mich. There’s no estimate on when it might reopen.

There were no injuries from the fire, which was reported about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Air quality readings were “well within normal limits outside the facility perimeter”, DTE said.

A part of ensuring that the fire was 100 percent controlled, crew members form the St. Clair Fire Department went inside the power plant building Friday night to check for hot spots that remained inside the plant.

There were no reports of injuries in the fire, which was reported about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

DTE spokesman Pete Ternes said in an email early Friday that the utility plans a statement with an update later in the morning.

A power plant located northeast of Detroit was forced to shut down after a massive fire.

It’s expected the plant, which employs 294 people, will remain closed for an undetermined length of time.

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