A chemical fire erupts deep in a hydroelectric plant tunnel, trapping five workers.
Accident Description: On October 2, 2007, five people were killed and three others injured when a fire erupted 1,000 feet underground in a tunnel at Xcel Energy Company's hydroelectric power plant in Georgetown, Colorado, located approximately 45 miles west of Denver. The fatally injured workers were trapped deep underground during an operation to coat the inside of the tunnel with epoxy using highly flammable solvents. The tunnel is several thousand feet long and connects two reservoirs with electricity-generating turbines. See the Video and FINAL REPORT
Producer/Producing Agency: Chemical Safety Board