Welding operation causes smoke at MU Agriculture Building

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 2:31 p.m. CDT; updated 7:55 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 10, 2010

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Fire Department and a University Hospital ambulance were dispatched to the MU Agriculture Building Thursday morning for a reported structure fire.

After four fire trucks, one squad car and an ambulance arrived on the scene it was determined thata welding operation on the roof was the cause of large amounts of smoke throughout the building. There was no fire.

Battalion Chief James Weaver said the air conditioning system wasn’t turned off, which sucked all the smoke into the building.

Weaver said the department received the call at 9:47 a.m. and upon arrival evacuated the building. There was no fire alarm in the building.

He added that the welding operation has been terminated for the time being.

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