Fire at power plant was hard to fight, caused little damage

Firefighters fight at fire at the John Twitty Energy Center on June 6, 2016. (Joel Alexander, City Utilities of Springfield)
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SPRINGFIELD, MO. (KSPR) - A fire at the John Twitty Energy Center on the southwest side of the city caused a large Fire Department response about 6 a.m. Monday. The fire was in a 10-foot by 10-foot dust collection system at the power plant.

Joel Alexander, a spokesman for City Utilities of Springfield, says the toughest part was getting to the fire through hatch doors. The fire was fully extinguished by 8 a.m. Alexander said it was probably caused by highly combustible coal.

The dust collection system was back up and running by Monday afternoon.