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Fire shuts down generating plant in Labrador

March 14, 2012, Black Tickle, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro says it is trying to determine how much damage was done by a fire today at its diesel generating plant on the Labrador coast.

March 14, 2012
By The Canadian Press

The utility says it's believed the blaze broke out at the plant in Black Tickle around 6 a.m.

The plant was shut down, leaving about 100 customers in the community without power.

Excessive smoke initially kept the plant's operators from entering.

Spokeswoman Merissa Wiseman says the priority is to determine the extent of the damage and how long it will take to repair the plant.

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But she says they are also working on a contingency plan to bring in mobile generators to the community if it cannot be repaired
quickly.

Wiseman says customers are being told not to expect power to be restored until Thursday at the earliest.