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Fire Reported at Middletown Power Plant, Site Of Deadly 2010 Blast

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP)  —  Firefighters have nearly extinguished a blaze at a Connecticut power plant where a 2010 explosion killed six people and injured dozens.

Authorities say the fire at the Kleen Energy Systems plant in Middletown on Wednesday morning was confined to one of the plant’s two turbines. No injuries were reported.

Middletown officials say the fire apparently began when oil from the turbine leaked during a malfunction and ignited.

A message seeking comment was left for Kleen Energy Systems officials.

Six workers were killed in February 2010 when crews building the plant were using natural gas at high pressures to clean out pipes and something sparked an explosion. The state later banned the “gas blow” practice.

Several companies involved in the construction were fined $16.6 million for workplace violations after the explosion.

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