Blaze Breaks Out At Burger

Multiple fire crews responded to a fire at FirstEnergy’s R.E. Burger plant Saturday night.

Belmont County 911 dispatchers said the initial report came in as an explosion at about 6:30 p.m. David Ivan of the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency said he believed hundreds of gallons of oil may have been spilling out of a transformer. Ohio River and Western Fire District Fire Chief Dave Lenz also said crews were responding to some sort of oil spill.

“Tanker trucks had to be brought in because there are no working hydrants at the empty plant,” Lenz said.

FirstEnergy spokesperson Jennifer Young said there was no oil spill at the Burger facility. She said the facility is a former coal-fired plant that closed in 2011.

“The facility no longer produces electricity and now houses offices for a FirstEnergy mobile maintenance crew,” said Young.

Young said it was a transformer fire and there is no risk to the public.

“Reports that there is an oil spill at the facility are not true. There are no reports of spills or leaks of any kind at the facility,” Young said.

FirstEnergy officials said a team will now be formed to investigate the cause of the fire.