Flames Erupt From Power Plant

August 26, 2012 Updated Aug 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM EDT

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August 26, 2012 Updated Aug 26, 2012 at 11:41 PM EDT


Lewiston, NY (WKBW) - Flames erupted at the Niagara Power Plant in Lewiston on Sunday evening.

Smoke and fire could be spotted from the 190 and in Canada.

Fire officials left the scene by 9:00 pm, but investigators stayed on hand with the Power Authority are trying to figure out how the fire started.

Authorities say they believe there was some kind of malfunction with a transformer that sparked a blaze shortly after 6:00 Sunday evening.

Lou Paonessa with the NY Power Authority tells Eyewitness News there were no injuries reported. He adds no workers had to be evacuated from the area.

The Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant helps provide electricity to residents and businesses across New York State.

Paonessa says "now we'll take a look at the transformer itself and trace out the lines and look at the equipment itself and just try to figure out what piece may have caused a problem."

He adds the Power Authority is now making sure the area is safe for workers.

Authorities say no disruptions in power were reported due to this incident.