Jan. 22--SHIPPINGPORT -- The fire at the Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant earlier this month might have caused "significant" damage to important aspects of the plant.
FirstEnergy Corp., which owns the facility, admitted in a filing Friday that a scrubber, stack "and other plant property and systems associated with Units 1 and 2" might have been significantly damaged during the fire on Jan. 10.
The filing, listed on the company's website, also gave insight into how the fire happened.
According to the document, workers were in the process of shutting down Unit 1 at the plant for a maintenance outage when an equipment failure resulted in an unplanned outage for Unit 2. That unplanned outage led to the loss of power at the plant.
Later that morning, a fire broke out and damaged the scrubber, which is an environmental control that "scrubs" pollutants from emissions before they are released from the plant. A stack and other property were also damaged during the fire.
FirstEnergy said an investigation is currently underway to determine the extent of the damage, "which may be significant," and it is expected to take several weeks.
The company also said Unit 3 at the power plant was unaffected by the fire.
Reached Monday for comment, FirstEnergy spokeswoman Stephanie Walton would only say personnel "continue to investigate the cause of the fire and assess damage."
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