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Another fire at NIPSCO Bailly Generating Station

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Porter and Chesterton firefighters responded to a small fire at Unit 10 of the Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s Bailly Generating Station early Saturday morning.

It was the second fire at Bailly’s Unit 10 in less than a month.

CFD Capt. Rudy Jimenez told the Chesterton Tribune today that, at 12:03 a.m., a crew at Unit 10 was firing up the turbine when an oil leak ignited the unit’s insulation. The NIPSCO crew immediately deployed a dry-chemical extinguishers and had knocked the fire down by the time the PFD and CFD arrived at the scene, Jimenez said.

Firefighters then completely dousing the small blaze, after which they removed much of Unit 10’s insulation to confirm that there’d been no extension, Jimenez noted.

The PFD and CFD cleared the scene at 1:22 a.m. For the duration of the incident the Burns Harbor FD was on standby at its own station.

NIPSCO released the following statement this morning: “Just after midnight Friday, we experienced a small fire on a hydraulic line on our Unit 10. Fire departments responded and extinguished it. No damage or impact, no injuries. Repairs are being made. There was no damage to our other primary Units 7 or 8.”

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


Posted 5/1/2017




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