Large Fire Breaks Out at Georgia Power Plant

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Emergency crews were responding to a large blaze at Plant Bowen in Bartow County, Georgia Thursday. No injuries were reported.

The scene is at 317 Covered Bridge Road.

Images posted to social media showed thick black smoke billowing from the coal-fired power station. It was unknown what started the fire.

At over 3,200 megawatts, Plant Bowen is one of the largest coal-fired power plants in North America.

On 4 April 2013, an explosion occurred on unit 2 while it was being removed from service and readied for a planned maintenance outage. This caused significant damage to the plant but there were no serious injuries. The explosion was attributed to a mixture of hydrogen and air in the generator, due to failure to comply with procedures.