A major fire erupted Thursday afternoon at the NIPSCO R.M. Schahfer Generating Station in northwest Indiana, a company press release states.
“A portion of the facility was evacuated,” the NIPSCO Facebook page states. “No injuries have been reported and no customers have been impacted.”
At about 1:30 p.m. fire broke out inside the generating station in Wheatfield, Indiana, creating a large amount of smoke. NIPSCO later posted that the fire was fully extinguished within eight hours.
“NIPSCO is working closely with the local fire department and first responders to secure the safety of employees and everyone responding to this event,” NIPSCO posted.
NIPSCO is a brand name operated by NiSource Inc., one of the largest fully regulated utility companies in the United States.
The Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Department posted its thanks to other fire departments and agencies responding its mutual aid request and “to all the departments that covered for all the departments that were at NIPSCO so the community still had fire coverage.”