Officials expect no impact to the city of Waxahachie’s water supply after a fire Friday night at the water treatment plant on Howard Road.

The fire burned some electric panels, but those have since been bypassed so the plant can continue to treat water, city manager Paul Stevens said.

“We should be fine,” he said. “Thankfully, it was at the time of year that there is not a lot of demand for water.”

As of Saturday, the cause of the fire remained undetermined and under investigation by the city’s fire marshal.

Fire chief David Hudgins said the battalion chief reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the back of the new building upon arrival. A line was laid to the back and the fire was brought quickly under control, Hudgins said.

There was some initial concern because some chemicals are stored in that building; however, there was no wind and the smoke was going straight up into the air, Hudgins said, saying there was not a need to do any evacuation of the area.

Howard Road was closed to traffic for about an hour as firefighters worked the scene.

The plant has staff on hand 24/7, with the fire reported by an employee who heard a fire alarm go off and saw smoke when he went to investigate.

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