Fire Erupts An Westar Plant, Burns For Hours Overnight

By: AP (posted by Josh Mabry)
By: AP (posted by Josh Mabry)

A fire that burned for more than four hours at a Westar Energy plant apparently began when a large transformer malfunctioned.

No injuries were reported after the fire Wednesday morning at the plant just east of Colwich.

The Wichita Eagle reports more than 20 fire trucks were sent to the plant northwest of Wichita. The fire burned for more than four hours before fire crews were released from the scene. Foam trucks from McConnell Air Force Base were used to help put out the fire

Westar spokesman Nick Bundy said mineral oil used to cool the transformer caught on fire. Two employees at the plant called 911. Bundy said the fire caused no power outages or evacuations.

Bundy said Wednesday morning no damage estimates were yet available.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,

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