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Damage caused by a fire on June 5 at a Denver Post production facility. Manroland Goss is on site to repair the press. (Photo: John Shanahan)

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After the fire of June 5.(Photo: John Shanahan)

A fire broke out on June 5 at the Denver Post production facility located at 5990 Washington St. in Denver.

The fire occurred on the Baker (B) press during the Saturday morning print of The New York Times, according to fellow press John Shanahan.

A blower motor that had been replaced the day before with an unused third-stage motor from another press caught fire, Shanahan says.

Shanahan, one of the four crew that day, extinguished the fire with a dry chemical extinguisher. The crew members were Timothy Leister, operator; John Shanahan, registration; Michel Porreco; Color; and Colleen Rapp, reels.

Shanahan says that a machinist who had seen a security video told him that Shanahan surrendered to the fire within 30 seconds. The fan motor, air filter and a wire harness had caught fire, says Shanahan, who says the fire was extinguished within a minute. Foreman Terry Craig sounded the alarm, cutting off power to the press and the nearby air filtration system.

There were no injuries. Shanahan and Leister had irritation from the smoke and inhaling dry chemicals.

For their quick action, the four crew members each received a $ 75 Grubhub voucher and three hours of overtime.

An electrician estimated the damage at around $ 100,000, Shanahan said.

The F press, which had not been used since the loss of a USA Today / Fort Collins Coloradoan contract, was used during the repair of the Baker press.

Manroland Goss repairs the Geoman press.

MediaNews Group owns The Denver Post.


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