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Pasadena water and power plant catches fire; smoke seen for miles

May 4, 2010 |  1:29 pm


A fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at the Pasadena water and power plant, damaging a generator.

The fire broke out around 12:40 p.m. at 45 East Glenarm Street, said Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen for at least two miles away.

Officials were trying to determine what caused the fire, and officials said the blaze was brought under control after 1 p.m. Officials said it appeared that an oil and gas generator was fully engulfed in flames.

The utility is also trying to determine whether the fire has caused power disruptions across the city.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. At least 30 firefighters were on the scene.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Smoke rises from a Pasadena water and power plant where a fire broke out Tuesday afternoon. Credit: Maryann Hudson