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Another fire at Bailly Generating on Monday

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Chesterton and Porter firefighters returned to the Unit 10 turbine at NIPSCO’s Bailly Generating Station on Monday after workers there smelled smoke, two days after hot oil from a leak in the turbine ignited insulation at the unit.

CFD Capt. Rudy Jimenez told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 8:47 a.m. Monday, a turbine crew was cleaning up after the fire early Saturday morning when they smelled smoke and called 911. Responding firefighters subsequently found insulation burning and used a dry-chemical extinguisher to douse the fire.

Although the turbine was taken off line after firefighters cleared the scene at 1:22 a.m. Saturday, Jimenez said, it’s believed that “the unit was still hot and circulating oil during the shut-down process,” and that at some point leaking oil started the insulation smoldering again.

Jimenez did say that, before clearing the scene on Saturday, firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to confirm that the fire had been extinguished. “We checked with the thermal imaging camera. We know the heat signatures. There was nothing when we cleared on Saturday.”

After extinguishing the fire on Monday, Jimenez noted, firefighters performed more overhaul of the turbine’s insulation. The CFD and PFD cleared the scene at 9:45 a.m. Also responding to the scene: the Burns Harbor FD.

Saturday’s fire essentially duplicated a fire at Unit 10 on April 4, when the heat generated by starting up the turbine ignited a small oil leak. The CFD and PFD responded to that fire as well.



Posted 5/2/2017




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