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Council Bluffs airport damaged by fire early Wednesday morning

Authorities investigating cause
Posted at 3:21 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 16:21:29-05

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Ia. (KMTV) — "Heavy flames, smoke and hot" is how a fire was described at the Council Bluffs Municipal Airport.

At approximately 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday, fire crews were called to a maintenance hangar at the airport. There were a few planes inside the building, but the hanger where the fire was concentrated did not have a plane inside of it.

The combination of a metal building along with propane inside of it made for a potentially dangerous situation for firefighters.

"The hardest part was finding the seed of the fire. It is a metal building and under heavy fire conditions metal does interesting things. We had to vent the roof to get some of that heat out so they could make entry," said Justin James, Council Bluffs Fire Chief.

Two fire investigators are on scene working to figure out the cause of the fire.

The extent of the damage to the building and planes is also being investigated. No one was inside when the fire broke out and there were no injuries.