Columbia Municipal Power Plant fire causes estimated $10,000 in damage

Sunday, July 8, 2012 | 10:56 a.m. CDT; updated 9:56 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 9, 2012

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Fire Department responded to a fire on the roof of the gas turbine building at the Columbia Municipal Power Plant Saturday night.

Power plant employees reported the fire at 8:15 p.m. after noticing smoke on the roof of the gas turbine building. Crews responded four minutes later to find pieces of the roof  ignited around the turbine's exhaust stack due to heat from the turbine. Battalion Chief James Weaver said the turbine had been running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Saturday's hot weather, generating enough heat to produce a fire.

Crews removed the roof materials with gas-powered saws and extinguished the remaining flames underneath in 30 to 40 minutes. The turbine was not running at the time of the fire, Weaver said.

The cost of the damage is estimated to be $10,000, said Assistant Fire Marshal Shawn McCollom. No one was injured in the fire.

Weaver said the fire did not damage any of the power plant's equipment and services will not be affected. 

Supervising editor is Dan Burley.

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