Operations at Montrose coal plant shut down after Saturday fire

Montrose firefighters pick up equipment just below the structure that was on fire this morning.

An early morning fire at the Montrose coal plant has temporarily shut down operations at Hendricks River Logistics, LLC.


Daily Gate City

says four fire departments responded to the fire in the company's conveyer system off Mississippi River Road, just south of Montrose. According to Montrose Fire Chief Jim Briggs, the call came in around 6 a.m.

Close to 25 firefighters responded to the scene, including crews from Jackson Township, Keokuk Fire, and Des Moines Township. No workers were injured as a result of the fire. One firefighter did go the hospital with back pain.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The Daily Gate reports no coal was involved in the fire. The company's operations will be shut down until the conveyer system can be repaired.