Cell tower fire near Thurston High sends up smoky plume

THURSTON, Ore. -- A cell phone tower caught fire near Thurston High School Saturday afternoon, sending a plume of smoke high above the Colts' sports fields.

Crews were called out to the fire near 62nd Place and A Streets at around 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

Firefighters got the smoky fire under control and crews started to clear the scene about 45 minutes after the fire was reported.

"It is contained and basically under control, but we have to wait until Springfield Utility Board gets here to get the power completely shut off to finish extinguishing it," said Battalion Chief Marcus Lay.

No word from officials on what caused the fire.

The fire destroyed some of the shrubbery near the athletic fields, but officials said it won't delay classes.

This is a developing story, updates will be posted as information comes in.

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