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    Fire erupts at TECO power plant

    By Times staff writer
    © St. Petersburg Times
    published April 3, 2002

    TAMPA -- Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews responded to a fire at the Tampa Electric Co.'s Gannon Power Station in Port Sutton early Wednesday.

    Officials originally thought the station's coal room was on fire, and they called more than a dozen engines to the scene. The fire started about midnight.

    By 12:45 a.m., at least 60 firefighters were at the station, at 3602 Port Sutton Road, and more were arriving.

    Officials said a conveyor belt that transports coal at the facility was on fire and in danger of collapsing.

    At least one TECO employee an seven others needed oxygen at the scene.

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