Firefighters battle blaze at Coors distribution plant in Golden

Firefighters put out a fire at the Coors distribution plant in Golden that burned on the top of a 16-story silo Thursday.

The fire was reported at 11:18 a.m. and extinguished by about 12:35 p.m., said Alan Fletcher, chief of the Fairmount Fire Protection District. No one was injured, and the plant’s operations were not impacted.

The empty 16-story shaft had been used to store mechanical equipment and was covered with a wooden deck at the top. It was that deck that caught fire, Fletcher said, adding it is not clear how the fire started.

“It’s a wood deck, there is nothing below it except an empty 16 stories,” he said. Firefighters reached the blaze by using an external exit on an adjacent part of the building, he said. Firefighters were monitoring the area for hotspots around 12:45 p.m.

About 60 fire personnel responded to the scene from five different agencies, Fletcher said. He added the fire did not present a threat to the plant’s core building.

Marty Maloney, spokesman for Molson Coors, said in a statement that the fire was “contained to a malt house that has been shuttered for quite some time and no employees were harmed.”

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