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Fire crews respond to smoldering coal in Iowa

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BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities say four fire departments responded to the Alliant power plant in Burlington after a report that coal began spontaneously smoldering.

Officials say workers at Alliant on Saturday found the smoking coal, which was being brought into the power plant on an underground belt. The coal smoked and steamed, but didn't catch fire. Officials say no injuries were reported.

Alliant spokesman Ryan Stensland says fire departments are always called when coal starts to heat up to make sure that it can be cooled. Fire crews from Burlington, West Burlington, Danville and Wever responded.

Alliant workers moved the coal around with heavy machinery to eliminate hot spots.

Stensland says Alliant plans an internal investigation of the incident.

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