UPDATE: Construction halted after ETX power plant fire; 2 workers injured
SACUL, Texas (AP) — Construction has been suspended at an East Texas biomass power plant after an accident left two workers critically hurt.
Nacogdoches (na-kuh-DOH'-chihs) County emergency personnel say an electrical-related accident and brief fire were reported Tuesday morning in Sacul (SAH'-kul), about 165 miles northeast of Houston.
Southern Power will own and operate the Nacogdoches Generating Facility once it goes into commercial operation, scheduled for later this year.
The general contractor, Fagen Inc. of Granite Falls, Minn., says the site has been closed for the investigation. CEO Evan Fagen also says the injured Fagen workers are receiving medical care and the incident poses no threat to the plant site.
A spokeswoman at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital says both critically injured men were being sent to the burn unit of Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
Emergency personnel say two workers have been critically hurt in an apparent electrical explosion and fire at a biomass power plant in East Texas.
A dispatcher with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department says the accident was reported around 8 a.m. Tuesday at a facility in Sacul, about 165 miles northeast of Houston.
A spokesman for Fagen Inc. of Granite Falls, Minn., which operates the unit, declined comment.
Dispatcher Jerry Heilmann says the accident apparently involves some type of electrical explosion, but the cause remains under investigation. Heilmann says the fire has been extinguished.
Heilmann says two men were critical when being transported to a hospital. A message left Tuesday morning at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital was not immediately returned.
Further details were not immediately available.