An explosion Thursday at a coal-fueled power plant in eastern India injured eight workers and ignited a massive fire that threatened two of the plant’s boilers.
According to India’s Central Industrial Security Force, the explosion at the Neyveli Lignite Corporation power plant in Neyveli, Tamil Nadu, ignited a 40-foot tall conveyor belt that spread flames through multiple levels of the coal bunker at a boiler unit of NLC’s Thermal Power Station 2.
Firefighters from all six stations of the power plant’s in-house brigade responded to contain the blaze.
“CISF fire wing personnel formed into operational teams headed by the fire station in charge and started extinguishing the fire,” the CISF statement reads.
Injured personnel were treated at the power plant clinic and transferred to a nearby hospital.
By 7 p.m., affected areas of two boiler units were brought under control. Cause of the initial explosion remains undetermined.