Cardboard compactor at Mizzou Arena spontaneously catches fire

4 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Friday, February 19 2016 Feb 19, 2016 Friday, February 19, 2016 6:43:00 PM CST February 19, 2016 in News
By: Katie Cammarata, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - A cardboard compactor at Mizzou Arena caught fire Friday during the wrestling meet.

Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Clayton Farr Jr. said the department got a call from local police who were working the meet about a structure fire behind the building. 

"The compactor was on fire, but staff was out here with fire extinguishers taking care of it," Farr said. "We took over from there and had it under control."

The department does not know what caused the fire, but it does know the only damage was to the few cardboard boxes still left in the compactor.

Staff said there are protocols in place to train employees in case of fire or other dangerous accidents. 

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