Coal dust catches fire at Tri-State’s Craig Station |

Coal dust catches fire at Tri-State’s Craig Station

No one injured in quickly contained Monday morning fire

Brian Smith

Craig Fire/Rescue responded to a small fire Monday morning at Tri-State Generation and Transmission's Craig Station.

No one was injured in the fire, but seven employees underwent a respiratory check as a precaution; no further medical treatment was needed, fire chief Bill Johnston said.

Three engines were dispatched to Tri-State about 2:20 a.m., and firefighters extinguished the fire about 40 minutes later.

The fire did not cause any power outages.

The fire started when coal dust combusted near out-of-service equipment undergoing routine maintenance and inspection, Tri-State communications manager Jim Van Someren said.

"We are going to continue with the maintenance on that (piece of equipment) and investigate further into what may have happened," he said.

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