Fire is out. Looks like it was an old part of the complex that was not being used since the new water plant came on line earlier this year.
There was no damage to anything related to making drinking water. However, the flames did come dangerously close to the water plant’s intake filtering system. Fortunately firefighters were able to keep the flames from reaching the two blue tanks that hold gravity fed charcoal filters which send water up to the main water treatment facility.
No injuries. Cause was contact workers cutting up old pipe and steel in one of the old clarifier tanks. Sparks fell on a very fine mesh filter assembly that immediately exploded into flames. The filter was of no use to the city. There were no other tangible loss to the city since everything was being salvaged. The steel inside the tank is still being salvaged. Public Works Director Tim Gross said the contract salvage workers did not have a fire extinguisher on hand in the event of a fire.
Here’s what the fire looked like as the fire department got into position to fight it…