An investigation is continuing into the cause of a fire that occurred Tuesday, December 15 at the Renewable Energy Center on the campus of Eastern Illinois University.
Charleston firefighters were called to the site at 5:25pm when a problem was reported inside a heat recovery unit, affecting one of the building’s four boilers.
Over the next few hours, the fire spread inside the three-story heat recovery unit, necessitating a call for additional Charleston Fire personnel, along with the Lincoln Fire Protection District, who remained on site until 1:0am Wednesday.
One city firefighter sustained steam burns through his protective gear, with the injury not being severe. No other injuries were reported. Four EIU employees were on site when the fire began.
University officials report that the Renewable Energy Center continues to produce steam for normal university operations. University activities, including Saturday’s Fall 2015 Commencement ceremonies, will continue as scheduled.
EIU personnel will begin a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the fire on Monday, December 21, allowing ample time for the 18-inch-thick fire brick to completely cool. A damage estimate is pending.