Trash compactor next to MU Student Center catches fire

Monday, April 30, 2012 | 10:34 p.m. CDT
Police and firefighters stand outside the MU Student Center after investigating a fire in the building Monday night. The fire reportedly started in a trash compactor on the east side of the building, but the cause is still under investigation.

COLUMBIA — A 30-cubic-yard trash compactor outside the MU Student Center caught fire about 8 p.m. Monday.

Smoke from the fire triggered the smoke alarm system inside the student center, which was evacuated for about 30 minutes after the fire was reported, according to a news release from the Columbia Fire Department.

Firefighters spent an hour on the scene and extinguished the flames in the trash compactor, located in the loading dock on the east side of the center. Afterward, members of the Public Works Department took the trash compactor to the Columbia landfill.

There were no injuries from the fire, which did not spread from the trash compactor. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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