Explosion, fire at Laramie River Power Plant near Wheatland; no injuries

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) _ Nobody was hurt in a fire at a power plant near
Wheatland.

Platte County officials say sheriff's dispatchers got a report around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday of people trapped in a roof collapse at the Laramie River Station.

The initial report of people trapped turned out to be untrue and the fire was extinguished within a few hours.

North Dakota based Basin Electric Power Cooperative is the operating agent of the Laramie River Station, a 1,700-megawatt, coal-fired power plant. Five other utilities are partners.

Basin Electric spokesman Daryl Hill says the fire broke out in a surge bin, a container that collects coal from conveyor belts. Hill says all employees are accounted for.

He says the cause of the fire is being investigated. Hill said that Unit 1 was down for annual maintenance and Unit 2 is now down. Unit 3 remains operational. Electricity produced at Laramie River is sent to substations in Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado.

Hill said that Unit 1 was down for annual maintenance and Unit 2 is now down. Unit 3 remains operational. Electricity produced at Laramie River is sent to substations in Wyoming, Nebraska, and Colorado.

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