Fire at Platte Co. Power Plant Injures 3
by K2 News Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org
One employee of a power plant near Wheatland remains hospitalized at a Colorado burn center after a fire early Sunday morning. The fire was the second one in five days at the Laramie River power station.
North Dakota-based Basin Electric, which owns the facility, says the fire was in the power plant's coal unloading area.
In all, three employees were injured and transported to hospitals. Two of the three have already been released. The identity or condition of the third employee was unknown as of Monday afternoon, but Basin Electric says the employee is at the Northern Colorado Burn Center in Greeley.
Another fire broke out in a coal surge bin at the plant last Tuesday. Luckily, no one was injured in that blaze.
Basin Electric's CEO says safety is of utmost importance to the company, and that an external investigation expert is being hired to track down the cause of the latest incident. "While we are relieved that no lives have been lost, we are heartsick for our impacted employees and their families," said CEO Andrew M. Serri in a statement on the company's website. "These accidents are extremely unfortunate and rare. We are committed to preventing accidents across the cooperative."