Sterling Tire Plant Evacuated for Fire

The Exeter Energy plant was evacuated on Friday morning when fire broke out in a hopper located the boiler room, where burning of the tires takes place.

Exeter Energy is a tire-fueled power plant, that generates around 200,000 megawatt hours of electricity a year and directs it to an 8.5 mile underground system for sale in regional electricity market, according to the Web site for  CNS Energy.

Officials from Quinnebaug Valley Dispatch said the first report of fire came at 9:32 a.m. The main fire is knocked down, the plant was successfully evacuated and no injuries are reported.

Several companies from local departments were called in, as well as mutual aid from Rhode Island.

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