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Fire Damages Transformer At KSU Ag Facility

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW-TV, Via Media Release) – A small transformer caught fire at the Kansas State University dairy unit Saturday morning, causing little damage but leading to a small oil spill.

Steve Galitzer, director of environmental health and safety at the university, said the fire, which occurred around 10:30 a.m., was put out quickly by a Riley County fire crew. But around 20 gallons of transformer oil spilled during the fire. Galitzer said an absorbent material was put on the spill and a berm is in place to keep it from spreading and to protect the area in case of rain.

Galitzer said crews have been digging up the oil and putting a protective cover over it for proper disposal next week. The transformer also will have to be replaced.

The dairy unit is along North Marlatt Avenue between Denison and College avenues.

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