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Texas electric grid no longer under threat from Limestone Co. power plant fire: Officials

Waco Fire Department
Posted at 3:38 PM, Jul 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-21 12:10:01-04

UPDATE

An underground fire at a Limestone County power plant that officials warned could threaten the stability of the state's electric grid is out, a county judge told 25 News.

The grid is no longer under threat, the official said.

ORIGINAL STORY

Multiple fire departments are working to extinguish an underground fire at a Limestone County power plant that officials say could threaten the stability of the state's electric grid.

"They're just having a tough time trying to put it out," Limestone County Judge Richard Duncan said about efforts to put out the fire that started around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Duncan told 25 News that a conveyor belt linking an abandoned coal mine to a power plant outside Jewett is on fire.

The judge said the plant, which is owned by NRG, is a major supplier of electricity to markets in Houston and Dallas.

The Jewett mine spans over 35,000 acres and is one of the largest in Texas, but it was closed after a decision by NRG to burn cleaner coal in 2016.

The fire is located at the 3900 Block of FM 39 in Jewett, around 65 miles from Waco.