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Fire at Midwest Energy causes extensive damage

Workers from Midwest Energy Terminal work with Superior Fire Fighters at the site in Superior in this file photo. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

An early morning fire at Midwest Energy in Superior caused extensive damage.

The Superior Fire Department responded to reports of a fire at 2400 Winter Street around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, according to a press release from Battalion Chief Scott Gordon.

Firefighters located the fire in the belt system that transports coal 100 feet in the air, and the fire had traveled down that system to approximately 50 feet below ground where it was extinguished by 7:30 a.m., the report noted. The belt was not in operation when the fire was reported.

Gold Cross Ambulance also responded to the scene, but no injuries were reported.

According to the Superior Fire Department, the cause of the fire is under investigation and estimated damages are between $500,000 and $1 million. Gordon reported that Midwest employees estimate it will take at least one week to repair the system to allow trains to enter the facility and drop off coal. As of now, all incoming trains have been diverted to alternate locations, but Gordon stressed that Midwest Energy is still operational in loading ships with coal, since that system was not affected by the fire.

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