Centralia Fire officials review electrical problems outside the Gilster Mary Lee Plant in Centralia Tuesday night. Plant officials hope to resume full operations on first shift Wednesday morning. Photo by Mitchell Schultheis.
Electrical Box Explosion Shuts Down Gilster Mary Lee Plant In Centralia; Plant to Resume Normal Operations Wednesday Morning
While there was no actual fire, a portion of the first floor of the building filled with electrical smoke and the plant had to be shutdown. There were no injuries. The 80 employees on the second shift were all evacuated from the building and eventually sent home for the evening. All but the supervisors and technicians on the third shift were later told not to report to work as repairs were made overnight.
Centralia City Firemen say Ameren disconnected power until the problem could be determined. Firemen ventilated smoke from the building. Three extra firemen were called in to help.
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