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Fire at MU power plant, no injuries

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 | 11:27 a.m. CDT; updated 5:27 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Columbia firefighters and power plant safety crews inspect the smoke stack at the MU power plant after a fire was reported Wednesday. A canvas set up to prevent debris from hitting workers below during repair work caught fire, according to Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver.

*CORRECTION: The correct name is Stewart Road. An earlier version misstated the location.

 COLUMBIA — A fire was reported around 9:40 a.m. Wednesday at the MU Power Plant located on Stewart Road.*

The Power Plant was having some repairs done on one of the upper areas. A canvas set up to prevent debris from hitting workers below caught fire, according to Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver.

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"Work was going on at the plant to replace the center platform and during the process the canvas caught some fire," Weaver said.

He said water extinguishers were used to put out the fire and no one was injured.

How the canvas caught on fire was not immediately known and is under investigation. 


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