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Fire Near Methane Compressor Forces Evacuation at Gwinnett Water Treatment Plant

The fire was out when firefighters arrived at the Buford, Ga., facility.

Gwinnett County, Ga., Fire Truck
Gwinnett County, Ga., Fire Truck

A small fire near a methane gas compressor caused an evacuation at the Wayne Hill Wastewater Plant in Gwinnett Friday morning.

The fire was out when firefighters arrived around 10 a.m. to find all employees evacuated and in a safe zone. No injuries were reported.

Gwinnett Fire spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden said a worker at the plant called 911 to report the fire, which was caused by a failed belt on the methane compressor. Methane gas is captured during the water treatment process and used for some power purposes.

“All methane systems were shut down by fire personnel,” Rhoden said in a statement. “Directors to the plant were pleased with the response of the on campus workers and fire department crews.”

The plant has resumed operations.

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