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No injuries in two separate power plant fires

Fires were reported in two separate power plants Tuesday, with incidents in both Wyoming and Michigan. Neither fire led to injuries.

The Associated Press reported there was a fire at the coal-fired Laramie River Station near Wheatland, Wyo. Despite initial reports of people trapped in a roof collapse, that turned out to be untrue and the fire was put out within a few hours.

Basin Electric Power Cooperative operates the 1,700 MW plant. A spokesman for the company said the fire broke out in a surge bin, which collects coal from conveyer belts, told the Associated Press the cause of the fire is being investigated.

There were also no injuries in a roof fire at the coal-fired Presque Isle power plant in Marquette, Mich., according to a report from UpperMichigansSource.com. The 431 MW plant is owned by We Energies.

The report states the fire was confined to a diesel exhaust ventilator being used to vacate air from the building in support of an asbestos abatement operation, and firefighters were decontaminated at the scene because of potential asbestos contamination.

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