Crews Fight Early Morning Fire at Midwest Energy

November 11, 2017 11:22 PM

According to the Superior Fire Department, around 5:30 a.m., crews responded to a fire at Midwest Energy. 

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When they arrived at the scene, they found fire in the belt system used to move coal 100 feet in the air.

The fire traveled down the belt system around 50 feet below ground.  The fire was extinguished after about two hours.  

The belt was not in operation when the fire was reported.  The cause of fire is under investigation.  

The Superior Fire Department estimated there are between $500,000 and one million dollars worth of damages.  Midwest Energy employees estimated it will take at least a week to repair the system to allow trains to enter the facility and drop off coal.

All incoming trains have been diverted to alternate locations for now.  

Midwest Energy's ship loading system was not affected by the fire.  No injuries were reported.


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