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Fire at Dubuque water treatment plant


A fire occurred late Thursday afternoon at Dubuque's water pollution control plant.

Officials with the Dubuque Fire Department and Water and Resource Recovery Center responded to the plant at 795 Julien Dubuque Drive around 5:45 p.m.

According to a media release from the city, the incident stemmed from a fire in one of the facility's incinerators.

The city said one employee was injured and transported to a hospital with what appears to be non-life-threatening injuries.

According to the release, the fire that happened in the incinerator did not damage other parts of the building.

The incident won't affect any service to residents and won't impact wastewater treatment at the facility.

As of the time of the release just before 8 p.m. Thursday, officials did not yet know the cause of the fire.

Officials said staff members don't expect to be able to access the incinerator until Friday.

"Dubuque's Water & Resource Recovery Center is currently undergoing a $64 million facility upgrade to replace the existing facility and treatment process. The fire occurred in the old part of the facility and did not impact the new facility," the release said.

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