The Times West Virginian

December 4, 2013

Fire at Harrison Power Station causes minimal damage

Employees evacuated from building, but no injuries were reported

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A fire shortly before noon Tuesday at the Harrison Power Station in Haywood caused minimal damage.

“It was a minor fire on the roof of the fan room, a building that houses forced draft fans used in the combustion process in the boilers,” said Stephanie Walton, senior communications representative.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, she said.

“The local fire departments came and helped put the fire out. There were no injuries and no change in plant operation status. It was still running and producing electricity.”

All employees were evacuated from the building for about 45 minutes, she added.

The order to evacuate was made over the PA and also on radio, which most employees have, she said.

“Fires are not common here, but we have procedures in place when they do happen,” she said.

Units from Worthington, Lumberport and Spelter fire departments, along with Harrison EMS, responded.

There were no injuries, Walton said.

About 20 percent of the new roof, which was being installed, was damaged.

Harrison Power Station is owned and operated by Allegheny Energy Supply Co., a subsidiary of the investor-owned electricity utility FirstEnergy.

The power station has an installed capacity of 1,983 megawatts.

In 2013, FirstEnergy sold the plant to subsidiary Mon Power.

Email Debra Minor Wilson at dwilson@timeswv.com.