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Photo Slideshow of Boiler Room Fire

In Breaking News on December 14, 2010 at 11:40 pm

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A fire started at OSU’s old heat plant after a minor explosion early this morning injuring one employee. Cause of the accident is still unknown and under investigation.

Photographs taken by Makenzie Marineau.


Boiler Explosion Harms OSU Employee | Cause still unknown.

In Breaking News on December 14, 2010 at 11:34 pm

By Makenzie Marineau

OSU Insider

CORVALLIS, OR – Corvallis Fire Department, and Police, received information regarding an unknown explosion that caused a minor fire at Oregon State University’s old heat plant near the intersection of 15th and Washington early this morning.

At approximately 8:25 am the explosion took place inside the boiler room injuring a middle aged man who is an employee of OSU according to Fire Battalion Chief Jim Patton.

“Our belief is that the individual tried to extinguish the fire himself and stayed in harms way for too long,” Patton said. The injured victim was found by crews on the scene beside the boiler with a fire extinguisher beside him.

A phone call was made to the Fire Department when an observant worker at the OSU heat plant noticed smoke coming out from the east side door of the plant.

Lora Sauermann public information officer with Corvallis Fire Department said they are still unsure what started the explosion and fire. “The Corvallis Fire Department, state police and the Oregon Boiler Association are investigating the cause.”

The boiler is the center of the investigation, and the occurrence of a natural gas leak is being inspected too.

“We vented the boiler out, right now we’re trying to get it ready for inspection from the state and the fire department,” Les Walton the manager of OSU’s heat plant said.

Oregon State Police Sgt. Vonn Schleicher said there are no streets being closed down but if people are planning to head towards campus to avoid the site of the fire and take an alternative route. “The public is at no risk but we still want people taking proper precautions.”

The fire happened only weeks after OSU recovered from an electrical fire that occurred over Thanksgiving break that cut electrical power, data and phone service in 26 buildings on campus.

“We certainly encourage folks to exercise caution when dealing with a fire situation. The primary importance is for them to be safe,” Patton said.

OSU Housing and Dining Services conducted 19 announced fire evacuation drills and 57 unannounced drills at on-campus residence halls during the 2009 calendar year with the hope of keeping the beavers student community safe.

For more information regarding fire safety tips read the Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police’s OSU Annual Fire Safety Report.

OSU Fire | One Man Injured

In Breaking News on December 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm

News Anchor: Audrey Wiltz

Cameraman: David Johnson


Audio Package: Oregon State University Fire produced by David Johnson

Gun Shots Fired At School Board Meeting

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm

(CNN) — Gunshots were fired during a school board meeting in Panama
City, Florida, officials said Tuesday.

“There has been an incident, and police are on the scene,” said Traci
Fidler, assistant to the deputy superintendent of Bay District
Schools. “No school board members were injured.”

A journalist for CNN affiliate WJHG was at the meeting and reported
that a pistol-carrying man had taken hostages Tuesday afternoon in the
Nelson Building.  According to WJHG, the man released some people and
addressed the board before using a can of red spray paint to paint a
large “V” with a circle around it on the wall.  The gunman released
hostages and questioned the board, WJHG reported. Shots were fired,
and SWAT teams burst in, the station said.

Wikileaks Founder May Get Out

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm

(CNN) Sweden will fight a decision to grant bail to WikiLeaks founder
Julian Assange, a lawyer representing Swedish prosecutors said
Tuesday, meaning Assange will remain in jail for another 48 hours.