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Small fire breaks out at power plant

Jenn Metz | Friday, September 26, 2008

A fire broke out and was quickly extinguished at the University of Notre Dame power plant early Thursday morning.

The fire was ignited at 8:25 a.m. in an area of the plant that is currently under construction, Paul Kempf, director of Utilities, said.

A tank of acetylene gas caught fire after hot metal from a steel pip being cut with a torch fell onto a hose connected to the tank.

“Thanks to the quick action of our staff and some contractors and the use of fire extinguishers, the fire was quickly contained,” Kempf said.

A person present at the scene was able to shut off the valve to the tank, eliminating the source of the fire. Acetylene gas burns very quickly, he said.

“By the time the fire department got there, the fire burned itself out.”

The plant reported no injuries or damages caused by the fire.

The blaze took place in an inactive area of the plant, so normal operations were not affected.

According to Notre Dame News and Information, fire fighters from Notre Dame and Clay Township responded to the scene.