Major multi-alarm fire at Big Valley Power L.L.C.

Two firemen mopping up totally destroyed buildings.

Two destroyed buildings being mopped up after the fire.

Bieber, April 7, 2005

A major fire broke out Thursday morning about 5:30 A.M. at Big Valley Power L.L.C. destroying two buildings and severely damaging structures including the conveyor belt which feeds fuel to the boilers.

The fire is under investigation but appears to be accidental.

According to Battalion Chief Charlie McCall of C.D.F. fire, the fire was caused by a 480 volt heater in the fuel processing shed.  The fire was spread rapidly by strong winds which spread the fire to the conveyor belt which was severely damaged.  The fire then spread to two buildings which were totally destroyed.

This was a multi alarm fire with units responding from Bieber, Adin, Lookout, McArthur, local C.D.F. and a far away as Burney which supplied breathing air to the local fighters.  Lassen and Modoc County Sheriff's units also responded.

Damage was major and is expected to be a serious setback to the much looked forward to operation of the power plant.

Many fire trucks at the scene

Fire trucks at the scene.