Appeal from sewer board after fire

A fire at a water treatment plant north of Parker resulted in an unknown amount of damage and an appeal from the sewer board to conserve water.

The cause of the fire, which broke out Thursday night at the Buckskin Sanitary District plant, is not currently known, according to a notice from the Board:

“We are in the process of assessing damages to determine the extent of repairs necessary to bring the plant back online and fully operational. The District is employing outside pumpers to avoid any discharges and environmental upsets. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in this matter by minimizing your use of water as much as possible until further notice by the District.”

Reports from local residents of heavy smoke, a strong plastics odor and burning eyes led to suggestions of evacuations. Many agencies responded and the fire was extinguished the same night.

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