An inspection and investigation of a turbine unit that caught fire at the Kent State University Power Plant Thursday night may take several weeks before the extent of damage and a cause can be determined, according to the university.
"University leaders have begun a preliminary inspection of the turbine unit and equipment involved in Thursday evening's fire," KSU spokesperson Emily Vincent said. "This process may take up to several weeks to determine the full extent of the damage and hopefully a cause."
The fire was reported at about 11 p.m., and was contained by midnight.
The faulty turbine, which is two years old and manufactured by Solar, is one of two that generate power for the KSU main campus at the power plant, located at East Summit Street and Johnson Drive.
A crew from Solar was on hand at the power plant Friday to help with the inspection and maintenance of the turbine, Vincent said.
No one was harmed by the fire and no loss of power occurred, Vincent said.
"There were two people who were in the power plant at the time who got out safely," she said. "Nobody was injured, there was no loss of power and the second turbine is operating fine and powering the campus."
Two nearby academic buildings, the Liquid Crystals Institute and the Mathematical Sciences Building, were evacuated because of their proximity to the power plant, Vincent said.
"It was just the academic buildings. It did not affect the residence halls," she said.
Eight fire departments with 50 firefighters from Portage and Summit counties provide mutual aid to the KSU Fire Department, and nearby road access was blocked while emergency responders contained the fire, Vincent said.
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