CoGen Gas Turbine Fire NJ

An explosion on August 2nd inside the Co-Generation Plant at the International Matex Tank Terminal in Bayonne led to an one-alarm fire inside the facility, an official said.

Around 8:20 a.m., firefighters responded to a reported turbine fire at the plant, and upon arrival discovered heavy smoke coming from a building at the plant, said Bayonne Fire Chief Gregory Rogers.

The plant manager reported that an explosion was heard, said Rogers, and that control room gauges indicated a turbine caught fire.

The fire was confined to the turbine load gear compartment and was extinguished by a built in carbon dioxide compression system, said Rogers.

Firefighters worked to cool down the turbine and extinguished any remaining flames that were fueled by residual lubricating oil, said Rogers.

The fire was declared under control around 9 a.m., there were no reported injuries, said Rogers.

A preliminary investigation indicates a malfunction in the turbine as the cause of the fire, said Rogers.

The plant supervisor confirmed that the power at the facility was turned off prior to extinguishing efforts, said Rogers, and reported that an estimated five gallons of lubricant oil escaped the turbine but were contained.

Bayonne Police was on the scene, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Hudson Regional Health Commission were noticed of the incident.