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Conveyor belt catches on fire at Sikeston Power Plant

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

SIKESTON -- A coal conveyor belt caught fire at the Sikeston Power Plant late Tuesday.

Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call at 9:50 p.m. that a coal conveyor belt had caught on fire on the ninth floor of the coal-fired plant located on West Wakefield Avenue, according to Lt. Jim McMillen of DPS.

When officers arrived, they found some heavy smoke and began extinguishing the flames, according to McMillen. While doing that, they also found another conveyor belt had also caught on fire, he noted.

Overall, nearly 30 officers were on scene for about three hours to ensure the fire was out and clean up debris, McMillen said. Although the conveyor belt was damaged, no one was injured during the incident, he said.

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