Man Hurt in Explosion at Minn. Power Plant
An employee was critically injured in an explosion at a Minnesota Power coal-burning power plant in northeastern Minnesota.
Forty-one-year-old Joe Fredrickson of Silver Bay was in the coal bunker when the explosion happened around 9:20 a.m. Monday.
Frederickson was later transferred to Essentia St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, where he was in critical condition.
Schroeder Fire Chief Phil Bonin tells the Duluth News Tribune it's unclear what may have triggered the blast.
A Minnesota Power spokeswoman says the coal bunker was being filled with coal with the blast happened. She says Fredrickson, an 11-year employee, was the only one in the immediate area.
The blast happened at the Duluth-based utility's Taconite Harbor Energy Center along the North Shore of Lake Superior.
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