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Major Fire Breaks Out at NTPC’s Kaniha Plant in Talcher, Odisha

Bhubaneswar: A significant fire erupted at the Kaniha plant of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Talcher on Saturday, triggering a massive response from firefighting teams and raising concerns over the safety of the facility.

According to sources familiar with the incident, the fire originated from the coal conveyor belt at the plant, engulfing the surrounding area in dense plumes of black smoke. The billowing smoke was visible for several kilometers, heightening the gravity of the situation.

Upon receiving reports of the fire, multiple teams from the Odisha Fire Services Department swiftly mobilized to the scene and initiated efforts to extinguish the flames. However, as of the latest update, the firefighting teams are still engaged in a challenging battle to gain control over the blaze.

The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined, although initial assessments suggest the possibility of a short circuit or the ignition of coal particles due to friction heat. Investigations into the incident are ongoing to ascertain the precise circumstances leading to the outbreak of the fire.

The Kaniha plant of NTPC, located in Talcher, plays a crucial role in the generation of thermal power to meet the energy demands of the region. Any disruption or damage to the facility could potentially impact the power supply and necessitate immediate remedial measures to restore normal operations.

Authorities are closely monitoring the situation and coordinating with the firefighting teams to ensure the safety of personnel and prevent any further escalation of the incident. Updates regarding the firefighting efforts and the status of the Kaniha plant will be provided as soon as additional information becomes available.

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