Fire extinguished at Waterford power plant in St. Charles Parish

Fire extinguished at Waterford power plant in St. Charles Parish

Photo submitted by WWL-TV eyewitness Chris Walker, taken early Sunday morning

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Posted on January 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 15 at 12:36 PM

Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News

ST. CHARLES PARISH, La. -- An oil fire at the Waterford I power plant sent thick smoke into the air Sunday morning but was extinguished after about an hour and posed no danger to residents, officials said.

A WWL-TV Eyewitness sent in a photo of the thick, dark smoke in the air Sunday morning.  The fire reportedly broke out around 8:30 a.m. at the Waterford I power plant in St. Charles Parish.

About 9:50 a.m., parish officials reported that the fire had been extinguished.

Power outages reported this morning in St. Charles Parish are unrelated to this incident, according to a message from parish government.

Philip Allison, a spokesman for Entergy Louisiana, said the Waterford I plant is a fossil fuel plant and does not produce nuclear power, unlike the nearby Waterford III plant.  That facility was not affected.

Entergy said there were no reports of any injuries. 

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