Fire At Coors Distributing Plant Extinguished - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/22/07

Fire At Coors Distributing Plant Extinguished

The flames are out and now it's time for clean-up at the Coors Distributing Plant.  Most folks probably saw a black tower of smoke across the Lubbock skyline Wednesday afternoon. 

The fire started around 3 p.m. Crews used an end loader to tear up a burned down building and clean up pallets left behind.  Seven volunteer departments from around the area responded.

We are told that people were burning trash when the wind blew some of the ashes onto an area where they store pallets.  Those pallets are plastic and wood.  They caught fire and that spread to a storage building that houses paperwork which also caught fire.

What worried fire crews the most was a propane tank north of the fire, and that's the way the wind was blowing.

"Upon arrival winds were at 15 mph, towards the end they were up to 25-30 mph so we were worried about the building nearby that had grain in their warehouses," Slaton Fire Lieutenant Joe Cook said.

The distributing plant was out of power for a long time because the flames reached the power lines, and crews had to shut the power off. 

The flames were put out about 4:30 p.m., and fortunately no one was hurt.

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