AIRPLANE HANGAR FIRE CAUSED BY TORCH

SIOUX CITY—A WORKMAN USING A TORCH HAS BEEN DETERMINED AS THE CAUSE OF WEDNESDAY MORNING’S FIRE AT THE AIRPLANE HANGAR AT 2500 KEOKUK.

SIOUX CITY FIRE RESCUE AND THE 185TH AIR NATIONAL GUARD FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTED FIRE TO THE EXTERIOR WALL OF THE HANGAR.

THE FIRE THEN EXTENDED TO THE INTERIOR WALLS OF THE OFFICE SPACE IN THE BUILDING.

THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED AND NO ONE WAS IN THE HANGAR AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE.

HOWEVER, THERE WERE SEVEN SMALL AIRCRAFT IN THE HANGAR, BUT THERE WAS NO FIRE DAMAGE TO THE PLANES.

THE STRUCTURE SUSTAINED MODERATE FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE.

FIRE MARSHAL CHUCK HIRSCH HAS DETERMINED THAT THE FIRE WAS CAUSED BY A WORKMAN USING A TORCH TO MELT ICE OFF OF THE HANGAR DOOR TRACK.

IT THEN IGNITED INSULATION BEHIND THE METAL WALL PANEL.

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