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A fire broke out Saturday night on the roof of a gas turbine building at Columbia’s municipal power plant, causing about $10,000 in damage but no injuries.

Firefighters were called at 8:15 p.m. to the building at 1501 Business Loop 70 E., according to a Columbia Fire Department news release. They arrived about four minutes later. Heavy smoke was seen on the turbine building’s roof, and crews found fire under roof materials around the turbine’s exhaust stack. They took off metal roofing materials to get to the fire and extinguish it.

The fire did not affect the turbine, which was not operating at the time, the news release said.

Assistant Fire Marshal Shawn McCollom determined the fire started as the result of the ignition of wooden supports near the exhaust stack.

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