MANCHESTER — Fire officials say a motor on a blower unit at the city’s wastewater treatment plant caught fire Monday afternoon, filling a building with thick black smoke and causing an estimated $25,000 in damage.
According to District Fire Chief Al Poulin, firefighters received an alarm activation around 3:29 p.m. Monday afternoon from the Manchester wastewater treatment facility at 300 Winston St., off Gay Street near Brown Avenue.
Upon arrival fire crews reported heavy, black smoke coming from a brick building, and additional units were dispatched to the scene.
“The building was unoccupied,” said Poulin. “The guys had their air packs on, so they were able to get inside and locate the source of the fire pretty quickly. They had it under control in about 15 minutes.”
According to Poulin, inside the building were two blower units that help move smelly air from sewage at the plant and pump it underground. One of the motors caught fire, Poulin said.
“That’s rubber and fiberglass,” said Poulin. “When it burns, that’s thick, acrid black smoke.”
According to Poulin, the fire caused approximately $25,000 in damages to a blower unit, which remained shut down Monday night. A second unit was up and running, Poulin said, preventing any disruption in service at the facility.