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Thursday, November 22, 2012

BTU: Large 5 Story Structure Fire Ronald B. Robie Power Plant in Thermalito

 CAL FIRE / Butte County Fire Department 
Ronald B. Robie Power Plant fire, photo courtesy Cal Fire
 Battling a fire at the Ronald B. Robie Power Plant in Thermalito (Butte County). The fire is well established in the 5 story building and crews will be at scene for multiple days.

Firefighters cannot do much to fight a fire burning in an underground control room of a California Department of Water Resources power plant near Oroville, Oroville and Chico Fire Departments are providing Mutual Aid. 

The five story blaze started around 7:32 a.m., with crews finding the second floor control room under “heavy fire.” Officials note that the fire is affecting 4 below-ground stories along with an above-ground level.
Oroville and Chico Fire crews, along with Butte County Fire Volunteers, made multiple attacks on the inside, but were forced to focus their efforts outside thanks to the dangers of the power plant.
A fire extinguisher system looks to have activated before firefighters made their attack, but it did not stop the blaze.
Officials note that the blaze will require personnel to stay at the scene for “several” days. The exact cause of the blaze has not been determined yet.

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