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Fire at Xcel plant in Bayport

A fire broke out at the main conveyor belt that feeds coal to the Xcel plant in Bayport, the Pioneer Press reported.

Tom Hoen, the Xcel spokesman, said that the fire started at 2:35, and 45 firefighters reported to the blaze. Firefighters from Stillwater and Hudson assisted in the fire the Pioneer Press said.

The assistant Bayport fire chief, Matt Bell, said that the fire was contained by 4 p.m.

The cause of the fire is being investigated, and the plant will stay close for at least 24 hours.

Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_12175119