After removing just over 3,000 gallons of oil using sand, absorbing materials and a frontloader, crews are continuing to clean up non-PCB lubricating oil that leaked into a nearby ditch at Kentucky Power’s Baker substation in Louisa, KY, after an explosion and fire Thursday morning.
A transformer exploded about 12:30 Thursday morning, emergency dispatchers said. No one was hurt in the incident.
The Kentucky Department of Natural Resources is aware of the conditions at the scene and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will assist in the cleanup.
Fire crews expect the oil could continue to burn for a few more hours, however the fire is now under control.
The fire was so intense officials had to shut down U.S. 23 near the plant, but they have since reopened it.