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Fire breaks out at KCK power plant


Kansas City, Kan., firefighters spent several hours Wednesday afternoon battling a smoldering fire inside a coal chute at a power plant near the Missouri River.

The fire was reported just before 2 p.m. at the Quindaro Power Station, 3601 N. 12th St.

A spokesman for the Board of Public Utilities said plant personnel extinguished the initial blaze “relatively quickly.”

But firefighters on the scene throughout the afternoon reported that they were continuing to use water and foam to completely extinguish the fire inside a chute used to feed coal from an upper storage bunker into boilers on a lower floor. Firefighters turned to foam after water proved ineffectual.

There were no injuries reported, and the BPU spokesman said the incident had no impact on any of its customers.

| Tony Rizzo, trizzo@kcstar.com

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