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Fire puts small power plant for Wauwatosa Medical Complex offline


WAUWATOSA, WI (WTAQ) - A small power plant that serves Milwaukee’s large medical complex will be out of commission for the next few days, due to a fire Sunday morning.

Officials in Wauwatosa said the blaze was confined to a 25-foot deep coal hopper on the sixth floor of the power plant. It took several hours to get the fire under control, and no one was hurt.

We Energies says it’s unloading the coal to determine how the blaze started. The unloading process will be finished Monday or Tuesday.

The plant provides electricity and heat to the Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, and Milwaukee Children’s Hospital. Those facilities did not have any outages as a result of the fire.

For now, they’re getting their power from elsewhere. Cathy Schulze of We Energies said coal began to smolder in a part of the plant where it shouldn’t be burning. It was in a place where coal is stored before it feeds into one of three boilers.