- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - Officials are investigating a blaze at a wood debris-fired power plant in White City that forced an evacuation of the facility.

The Mail Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2gLR42o ) the fire broke out at Biomass One on Wednesday. Fire crews were able to guide employees to safety and no injuries were reported.

Jackson County Fire District 3 spokeswoman Ashley Lara says the flames were confined to a section on the second floor of the concrete building, which is equipped with a gaseous fire-suppression system.

Lara says the power plant is still operational except for in the damaged section of the facility.

Investigators and Biomass One staff are working to determine the cause of the fire.

According to its website, the 30-megwatt power plant burns about 335,000 tons of wood and debris annually.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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