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Fire at power plant keeps crews busy

June 03, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — A fire at a closed wood chip burning power plant kept fire crews busy from Sunday afternoon to this morning.

The fire burned wood chips at Primary Power Inc., 3005 Highway 111, near Keystone Road southeast of Brawley, said Imperial County Fire Department Capt. Tony Rouhotas.

He said the fire was reported at 4:24 p.m. Sunday.

Rouhotas said the wood chips were in several mounds about 200 feet wide and 10 feet high. Some machinery also was burned in the blaze.

A third alarm was sent out through the Imperial Valley, summoning assistance from the Brawley, Niland, Calipatria, Calipatria State Prison, El Centro, Calexico, Holtville and El Centro Naval Air Facility departments. All the departments responded, as did other fire crews from the county department.


Rouhotas said fighting the fire was difficult because of the high winds.

He said the cause of the blaze is under investigation. He said the plant had been closed for a couple of months but people were still known to be entering the facility.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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