(KOIN) – Welding work at an abandoned section of a water treatment plant sparked a fire Friday morning that sent a column of smoke that could be seen throughout the Oregon coastal town of Newport.
The fire broke out at the Newport Freshwater Treatment Plant before 10:30 a.m., sending a cloud of smoke into the sky behind a Fred Meyer grocery store and prompting multiple 911 calls.
Newport Fire Department crews responded to find heavy flames and black smoke. They were able to bring the fire under control before it spread to any active sections of the plant. The plant’s operations were never disrupted during the incident, the fire department said.
There were no reported injuries.
Investigators later determined that hot work taking place inside a concrete containment caused the blaze, in part due to a plastic material within the containment that helped rapidly spread the flames.