May 7, 2014 10:37 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS - Lubricating oil coming into contact with hot steam pipes was the cause of the fire at the Martin Drake Power Plant on Monday morning, according to a news release from the Colorado Springs Fire Department. CSFD says the fire was accidental. After the fire started, free flowing oil led to the fire's rapid increase in size and severity.
The fire at the Martin Drake Power Plant was first reported at 9:40 a.m. Monday morning. Firefighters were on scene within five minutes and found heavy smoke coming from the plant. The fire was under control at 12:42 p.m. A total of 23 pieces of equipment and 120 firefighters and support staff fought the fire.
One Colorado Springs Utilities contractor was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
While firefighters were battling the blaze, a voluntary evacuation order for a five block area was issued. The evacuation area encompassed 785 residents.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department received mutual aid from the Air Force Academy Fire Department, Cimarron Hills Fire Department, Fountain Fire Department, Fort Carson Fire Department, Manitou Springs Fire Department, Security Fire Department, Tri-Lakes Monument Fire Department and Donald Wescott Fire Department.
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