MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) –Wednesday night firefighters in Middletown are making sure all embers are out at a fire that ripped through a power plant.
It all happened at the same Kleen Energy System power plant, the same site where an explosion killed six people and injured dozens back in 2010.
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“A couple of tall billowing smoke stacks,” said Jane Cooper, Saw Plume.
A white cloud rose from the mountains that surround Middletown.
“It doesn’t look clean,” said Cooper.
It’s the consequence of an early morning at the Kleen Energy plant.
“Upon arrival they did have a fire in one of the turbines. It’s a consealed room that the turbine is in, it appears at this point that there was some malfuntion in the cooling oil which caused a leak which eventually ignited,” said Robert Ross, Chief, South Fire District.
It changed the view those who spend time in the city are used to seeing, the plume could be spotted as far away as downtown.
“I just see smoke,” said Cooper.
“It’s a pillar of smoke, I can see the smoke over the dyalisis center,” said Jose Gainer, Middletown.
Officials with the South Fire District say no one was injured as a result of the fire but do say it was a challenge getting it extinguished, requiring the help of 50 firefighters from surrounding area like Portland, New Haven, and in Middletown.
“I’m happy that nobody got hurt, I’m happy it’s over,” said Gainer.
But what most say they found troubling was how this latest fire brought back memories of what occurred at the Kleen Energy plant some four years ago when six people lost their lives after an explosion.
“I was visiting a friend in the hospital and when I brought it up I said there’s a fire at the Kleen plant, he says ‘no, didn’t you mean they’re talking about the aniversary of the other one?’ I said ‘no, no, no I think this is actually a fire,” he said.
This however, says South District Fire Chief, Robert Ross, is an entirely different situation than what happened here in 2010
“There’s no similiarity whatsoever this is a relitvly small fire, the plant is not closed, the other turbine is operating is producing electricity,” said Ross.