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