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Fire at Block Island power leads to rolling blackouts

NEW SHOREHAM, R.I. (AP) — Rolling blackouts were in effect on Block Island after a fire at the island's only power plant.

WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2aE0uHf) Block Island Power began implementing two- to three-hour rolling blackouts following the fire that broke out early Saturday.

Block Island Power Chief Operating Officer Clifford McGinnis says a piston on one of the engines shot through the engine block, causing hot oil to spill and sparking the fire. That generator was destroyed and two others seriously damaged.

Two replacement generators were in transit to the island.

Block Island is located about 13 miles south of the coast of mainland Rhode Island.

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