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Chris Riley, Colorado Springs Fire Chief has announced that an investigation into the fire that caused a shut down at a power plant was caused by an oil leak.
Lubricating oil came into contact with a super-heated steam line and caused a flash fire. The oil continued to flow and fuel the fire.
One person was injured and hospitalized. 22,000 people lost power for 30 minutes.
The Coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant, where the fire took place, was ninety years old and supplies electricity for one-third of Colorado Springs.