The Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a small spot fire at approximately 11:10 a.m. Officials have determined that the fires ignited when turbine bearing lubrication oil from an equipment malfunction spilled onto the hot surface of the steam turbine, according to officials at the plant.
A carbon dioxide extinguisher was used to keep flare ups down until the equipment could be cooled and restored. Personnel left work areas for brief periods due to smoke.
At this time damage is believed to be minimal, according to officials.
The power plant was taken offline before the fire, however, at 9:35 a.m. due to a problem with a 161,000 volt transmission line. Power to the entire city was out for about 35 minutes.
The power plant is expected to go back online following the completion of inspection and necessary repairs, hopefully by early Friday.
No additional power shortages are expected.