Firefighter Injured in Austin Power Plant Fire

A firefighter suffered minor injuries while working a smoldering fire at a turbine at a Northeast Austin (TX) power plant Monday, reports the Austin American Statesman.

Austin fire crews were called to the fire at the Decker Creek Power Station, Battalion Chief Thayer Smith said.

Austin Energy workers reported insulation covering a turbine at the 926-megawatt natural gas plant had caught fire, Smith said.

Extinguishing the fire required a tedious process of removing burning insulation from the turbine, said Smith, who estimated it took more than an hour to extinguish the fire.

During that effort, a piece of smoldering insulation fell and struck a firefighter on the cheek, he said.

The firefighter was treated at the scene and was able to return to work soon after, Smith said.

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