Fire at Waterford Power Plant

An oil fire at the Waterford I power plant sent thick smoke into the air Sunday morning but was extinguished after about an hour and posed no danger to residents, officials said.The fire reportedly broke out around 8:30 a.m. at the Waterford I power plant in St. Charles Parish. About 9:50 a.m., parish officials reported that the fire had been extinguished.

Philip Allison, a spokesman for Entergy Louisiana, said the Waterford I plant is a fossil fuel plant and does not produce nuclear power, unlike the nearby Waterford III plant.  That facility was not affected, fortunately.

Entergy, the plant’s owner, said there were no reports of any injuries.