The Latest: Crews keep battling Michigan power plant fire

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Posted: Aug 12, 2016 6:01 AM
The Latest: Crews keep battling Michigan power plant fire

EAST CHINA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the fire at a power plant in Michigan (all times local):

6 a.m.

Fire crews worked through the night to extinguish a blaze at a power plant along the St. Clair River in Michigan.

The St. Clair Fire Department says Friday morning that crews went into the building overnight to look for hot spots and remained at DTE Energy Co.'s St. Clair Power Plant in East China Township, about 40 miles northeast of Detroit.

There were no reports of injuries in the fire, which was reported about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The utility says a coal-fired generation unit that produces electricity inside the facility caught fire and employees were evacuated.

Officials said at a news conference late Thursday the fire was about 80 percent under control.

DTE spokesman Pete Ternes says in an email the utility plans a statement with an update later in the morning.

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2:25 a.m.

Fire crews are expected to work overnight to extinguish a blaze at a power plant along the St. Clair River, northeast of Detroit.

According to The Times-Herald of Port Huron, the fire at the DTE Energy plant in East China Township, Michigan, was about 80 percent under control Thursday night.

St. Clair Fire Chief Dave Westrick says crews should be able to start looking for hot spots sometime Friday morning.

No one was injured in the blaze and there was no immediate public health concern.

Detroit-based DTE Energy said the fire broke out after a coal-fired generation unit that produces electricity inside the facility caught fire.

DTE President Trevor Lauer told the newspaper the plant is offline but that isn't expected to impact services.