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Operations unaffected by shop fire at Dresden

Spokesman: Blaze in building separate from nuclear reactor

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 8:01 a.m. CDT

A fire Sunday evening at the Dresden Generating Station in Morris did not affect day-to-day operations, according to the station's spokesman.

Site spokesman Bob Osgood said Monday the incident was in a part of the station's campus that housed tools, tool benches and where personnel worked on project mockups.

"It was in our mechanical maintenance shop," he said. "It's in a separate building from where our reactor and power generating equipment is located."

Osgood said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. According to a Coal City Fire Protection District release, MABAS 15 and the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating. Damage estimates are still undetermined, as well.

The site spokesman credited Dresden's own responders, whom he said responded effectively and efficiently, as well as Coal City responders and those from other agencies who offered backup. He said firefighters knocked down the fire in about 30 minutes, and it didn't impact other site operations.

"We appreciate the support we got from the Coal City Fire (Protection District) and other emergency agencies in the area who responded," he said.

According to Coal City officials, the Coal City Fire Protection District was dispatched shortly after 6 p.m. to 6500 N. Dresden Road. Upon their arrival at the power station, smoke was observed coming from the shop, where fire suppression efforts were under way by Dresden Emergency response personnel.

The fire was extinguished shortly after Coal City Fire arrived.

At no time was there any danger to the public. No injuries were reported and fire crews remained on scene, evacuating smoke from the buildings.

Coal City was assisted by Braidwood, Braceville, Channahon, Elwood, Gardner, Morris and Wilmington fire protection districts, as well as the Grundy Emergency Management Agency and the Grundy County Sheriff's Office.

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