Blaze Damages MO Cement Plant

Friday, August 11, 2017 @ 04:08 PM gHale


Fire officials are trying to determine what caused a fire that heavily damaged a cement plant Monday in Cape Girardeau, MO.

The fire at Buzzi Unicem USA began late Monday when about eight workers were in the building.

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The fire was widespread and fire crews worried about burning coal falling from higher floors, officials said. The building ended up evacuated because of concern over a possible explosion.

When firefighters arrived moderate smoke was seen coming from the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors of one of the coal bin towers.

Before firefighters arrived, workers had tried to put out the fire on their own.

Temperatures inside the towers were well over 500 degrees, making it unsafe to enter them. So an operation was set up outside to spray and cool the tower down so firefighters could get inside.

The fire was extinguished and the scene was cleared just after 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The maintenance division at the plant is reporting moderate to extensive electrical damage. Despite the damage, the plant is still operational.

No one suffered an injury in the incident.



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