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Fire fighters attend small fire at Hazelwood

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Fire fighters were called out to tackle a “small fire” at the coal processing plant at the Hazelwood mine in Victoria, Australia, on 23 May, according to a County Fire Authority (CFA) media release. The fire was detected in the roof of a bunker, where coal prepared for power generation.

The CFA brought is specialist equipment to help extinguish the fire, the location of which made it difficult to access, said CFA Operations Officer John Radford.

According to the mine’s owner, French utility, Engie, operators had detected smouldering in the pulverised coal in the rafters of the roof line of the bunker at about 4PM. The incident was declared safe at 9PM.

“There was no risk to personnel,” the company said. “Coal supply and power station operations were not affected during the incident.”

The Hazelwood mine feeds coal to the neighbouring Hazelwood power plant, which provides around a quarter of Victoria’s power supply.

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