A wildfire that engulfed a coal mine in central Kentucky sparked no injuries or fatalities but sparked fears that the flames could soon spread to other mines, sparking an evacuation order that officials have said will not be lifted until at least Monday.
Southern Coals, a coal-fired power plant that has operated for decades in southern Kentucky, was engulfed early Sunday when a fire broke out on its second floor and forced the evacuation of about 50 people.
The plant has an operating loss of $14 million.
The company’s CEO, David Grier, was evacuated and was staying with family at the nearby hotel.
The Kentucky Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said it has not determined the cause of the blaze.
Officials said the fire burned across about 5,200 acres (2,700 hectares) of land near the plant’s main coal mine and that firefighters have not found the source of the fire.
Officials have said they have been working to reduce carbon emissions from the plant.
The fire destroyed about 8,500 structures in the area, according to the Kentucky Department for Environment and Natural Resources.