Firies extinguish ?difficult? fire in coal-handling yard



BURNING away under the surface, coal generates a fierce heat and until the coals are turned over, the glowing red, slow fire can be difficult to put out.

It was this scenario the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service faced yesterday morning when it was called to put out a coal fire at NRG Gladstone Power Station.

An NRG spokesperson said the small fire occurred in a coal transfer surge bin in the coal handling yard and was first reported about 7am.

Gladstone fire station officer Harry Tattersall said the fire was under control at 8.30am and completely extinguished by 10am.

'It's a hot fire and it's difficult to get to the fire itself because of the coal,' Mr Tattersall said.

Mr Tattersall said coal fires were not unusual. Nobody was injured because of the fire but there was minor damage to a conveyor belt.

The fire and smoke did not extend off site. An investigation into the fire is continuing.



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