Crews responding to fire at John Amos Power Plant

Mulitple fire crews are responding to a fire at the John Amos Power Plant in Winfield. (Poca Community Volunteer Fire Department)

Mulitple fire crews responded to a small fire at the John Amos Power Plant in Winfield Friday night. .

Phil Moye, spokesman for Appalachian Power, said a conveyer belt that transports coal caught fire at about 7:30 p.m.

John Amos' fire brigade quickly responded to the fire. The Winfield Fire Department was called as a precaution. The Eleanor and Poca fire departments also responded to assist.

Plant officials expressed their gratitude to the emergency responders who helped put out the fire.

"We're fortunate to have great emergency responders in the communities near the plant," said Aaron Sink, Amos Plant manager. "When we needed help this evening they responded quickly and professionally, and we are grateful for their assistance."

The only thing that was damaged was a section of rubber conveyor belt that was about 40 feet long. No coal burned or caught fire, Moye said.

The conveyor fire did not affect the plant's ability to operate or produce electricity. The plant has approximately a month's supply of coal on-site and the conveyors that supply coal from the pile to the units are all operational.

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