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Crews vent methane tank at W.Va. power plant, snuff fire; evacuation of residents ends

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MAIDSVILLE, West Virginia — A fire at a West Virginia power plant that prompted a 1-mile evacuation has been snuffed.

Mike Wolfe of the Monongalia County 911 dispatch center said crews Monday were able to vent the methane tank, ending the threat. The tank was among a half dozen at the coal-fired Longview Power Plant in Maidsville, new Morgantown.

About 10 homes within the evacuation area were told to leave the area. Residents are now free to return home. The power plant's workers had already been evacuated.

A telephone message left by The Associated Press at the power plant was not immediately returned.

A website for the plant said a 695-megawatt plant is being built at a cost of $2 billion.

Wolfe is the director of the dispatch center.

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