March 7, 2006

Body of missing worker found at AEP power plant

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - American Electric Power said on
Tuesday it recovered the body of a construction worker who died
in a smokestack fire on Saturday at a West Virginia power plant
and was now focusing on the cause of the blaze.

AEP, one of the largest electric utilities in the United
States, said the body of Gerald Talbert, 27, had been missing
after the Saturday night fire in a smokestack at the coal-fired
Kammer-Mitchell Power Plant near Moundsville, West Virginia.
The 1,000-foot stack was under construction.

Talbert was an employee of Pullman Power LLC, the company
building the stack. His body was found in a "man cage"
suspended inside the stack, AEP said.

Three other workers on top of the stack were rescued by
helicopter and other workers escaped through the bottom of the

Columbus, Ohio-based AEP said it is too early to know what
impact the fire will have on completion of the construction

Mike Rencheck, a senior vice president at AEP, said Pullman
Power and the federal Occupational Safety and Health
Administration are investigating the accident.