FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A fire fueled by coal dust burned briefly at the University of Alaska Fairbanks power plant, forcing fire crews to peel back a portion of the roof and dump water into a smoldering wall.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/O3cDSw ) the fire on Friday afternoon was snuffed out before it could interrupt service on campus.
The fire was reported by a power plant employee who noticed a burning smell near the coal-handling area at the plant. Smoldering soon was discovered inside a concrete wall, where coal dust had ignited.
No injuries resulted from the fire, and power and heat service on campus was unaffected.
Officials said a similar coal dust fire happened at the plant six years ago.
No damage estimate was made available on Friday.