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Fire breaks out at Georgia Power plant near Smyrna

By Vanessa McCray, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution #atlanta-ga

A fire that broke out late Sunday within the switchyard of Georgia Power’s Plant McDonough near Smyrna has been extinguished, the company reported.

In a statement, Georgia Power said there was a transformer fire within the plant’s switchyard, but not within the plant itself. No injuries were reported, the company said.

Social media users reported hearing an explosion in the area, and Cobb County Fire Department responded. The department reported just before 4 a.m. Monday that the fire was “under control.”

Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said in an email that “there were no extended customer power outages as a result of this incident.” He said that the company is working to determine what caused the fire but said it’s believed to be “the result of equipment failure related to the transformer.”

The plant is located on South Cobb Drive near the Chattahoochee River. In 2011, Georgia Power quit using the coal-fired units at the plant and the next year began operating with natural gas, according to the company’s website.

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