Cabin Creek power generation station Xcel Energy

Five Injured in Arc Flash at Colorado Hydroelectric Station

An arc flash at Xcel Energy's Cabin Creek Hydroelectric Generating Station in Colorado on Thursday morning, July 19, left five employees with non-life-threatening injuries, according to a report from the Clear Creek Courant, Idaho Springs, Colo.

At 8:10 a.m. Thursday, authorities responded to an emergency at the plant, which is above Georgetown along Guanella Pass Road.

Xcel confirmed to the local weekly newspaper that about eight employees and a few contractors were on-site at the time of the incident, which was originally characterized as a fire but later confirmed to be an arc flash incident. Everyone was evacuated from the hydroelectric station above Georgetown, Colo., and five employees were transported to the hospital.

Because the station only provides power during periods of high demand, there has been no loss of service or power outages, the paper reported.

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