Metro-East News

Firefighters called out to power plant in Baldwin

Multiple fire departments were called out to assist personnel at the Baldwin Energy Complex on Friday morning following a report of a coal fire. However, no injuries have been reported, and plant operations have not been effected.

David Onufer, spokesman for Texas-based Dynegy which owns and operates the plant, said a bunker fire occurred in unit one. “It was in an area that wasn’t in operation at the time of the fire,” he said. “It’s one of those things — coal can catch fire.”

Although, he said fires like these are “rare.”

Additional fire departments were called in as a precaution, according to Onufer. “We want to be as safe as possible,” he said.


Millstadt, Smithton, New Athens, Lenzburg, St. Libory, Fayetteville, Freeburg, and Hecker fire responding mutual aid to Randolph County and Marrisa fire to a coal fire at the Baldwin Power plant.

Posted by St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency on Friday, March 11, 2016