Oil Leak Caused CO Power Plant Fire

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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.