No injuries at biomass plant explosion

Firefighters were called to Lisahally Biomass Power Plant in Londonderry, Northern Ireland at 19:30 BST on Sunday 1 October following reports of a ruptured steam pipe, the BBC reports.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the steam explosion, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service reported.

According to the BBC, several fire engines were called to the scene. Some aluminium panelling was damaged by the seventh floor explosion.

The biomass power station is capable of generating electricity for 25,000 homes and businesses in the area. Despite this, there have been no reports of power cuts.

Fire commander Mark Watson told the BBC: “After the area was cleared, fire service personnel, along with on-site safety personnel, inspected the area and we believed the cause of the ruptured steam main to be accidental.

“It’s not 100% clear at this stage – there will be further investigations carried out by on-site safety personnel.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from the power station said: “We would like to thank the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service for its professionalism and quick response.

“A review of the incident will be carried out by our engineers in consultation with statutory agencies.

“Our on-site team is working to bring the plant back online as soon as possible.”

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