Fire, explosion rip through SRP plant under construction

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SPRINGERVILLE -- One person was hurt when a fire and explosion tore through part of a Salt River Project power plant under construction at Springerville Generating Station Wednesday morning.

According to SRP spokeswoman Patti Likens, the fire broke out at about 10 a.m., in a switching room of Unit Four. That fire sparked an electrical explosion.

One person suffered minor injuries.

The affected unit has been under construction since February 2007 and was slated for completion in December 2009.

The Springerville facility has three units in operation. Two of those units are owned and run by Tucson Electric, the third by Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

The fire did not cause any power disruptions.

It's not clear yet what caused the fire that touched off the explosion.

A damage estimate was not immediately available.