1 worker injured in coal fire at Burnsville power plant


A coal fire at Xcel Energy's Black Dog power plant injured at least one person Monday morning, and fire crews are working to put out the blaze.

Information so far is sparse, but Xcel Energy says the blaze in the Burnsville generating station was reported around 7:30 a.m., in the Unit 4 coal bunker.

One Xcel employee was injured and taken to the hospital, but the severity of their injuries was not noted. About 50 employees were evacuated, but have since returned to the plant, which is still operating.

The cause of the fire isn't known.

Units 3 and 4 at the plant handle coal and natural gas, with coal serving as the "primary fuel." They're actually set to be retired next month however due to changing air emissions standards, the Star Tribune reported, which means Xcel will have two coal-burning facilities left in the state.

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