Published: Mon, August 15, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Explosion, fire reported at DTE facility in East China Township

Volunteers from the St. Clair Township Fire Department's Corunna station also responded to help battle the blaze at the coal-fired plant.

A generation unit at the St Clair Power Plant, in East China Township, Michigan, has caught fire.

The Latest on the fire at a power plant in MI (all times local): 6 a.m. Fire crews worked through the night to extinguish a blaze at a power plant along the St. Clair River in MI.

Westmiller added that fire departments outside of the county have been assisting St. Clair since Thursday night.

When the St. Clair Power Plant will be back in operations is not clear, according to DTE.

The Detroit-based company said that as of 5 p.m., access to the plant remained limited.

DTE Energy Co. issued the update Friday morning about its St. Clair Power Plant in East China Township, about 40 miles northeast of Detroit.

"There will be no job layoff or separation from this announcement; the workers will be transitioned to other DTE facilities", Brian Corbett, DTE spokesman, said in June.

The plant has been in service since 1953 and the utility said the facility has 294 employees overall.

The plant is expected to remain closed for the foreseeable future, while the situation is being assessed.

The utility said customers won't see any effects on electrical service.

Crews worked through the night and the fire was out Friday morning, DTE said.

A noise from the plant caught Mary Buslepp's attention shortly before she noticed the smoke.

In a public statement, DTE Energy said the fire had been extinguished, but first responders remained on scene monitoring the situation.

7 Action News has learned that there has been an explosion at a DTE Energy facility in East China Township.

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