IRL: Fire at Texas Motor Speedway

FIRE AT SPEEDWAY CLUB CONSTRUCTION SITE Fort Worth-Dallas (August 10, 1998) - A fire Friday evening on the construction site of The Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway caused only a slight delay for workers returning to the job Monday morning.

FIRE AT SPEEDWAY CLUB CONSTRUCTION SITE

Fort Worth-Dallas (August 10, 1998) - A fire Friday evening on the construction site of The Speedway Club at Texas Motor Speedway caused only a slight delay for workers returning to the job Monday morning.

The fire, which broke out Friday evening around 9 p.m. started on the top floor of The Speedway Club. Fire department investigators speculate that molten metal slag from cutter's torches became imbedded in some wooden forms during the work day, smoldering until they caught fire several hours later. ABCO Construction confirmed that workers on the site had been using cutting torches earlier that day. There were no workers on site when the fire broke out.

It took firefighters just over an hour to bring the fire under control. Investigators estimate the amount of damages at $20,000. Crews were back on schedule this morning after a couple hours of clean-up.

The fire was contained to the top level of The Speedway Club tower and there was no damage to any other structure nor the speedway surface. Driving schools operated as scheduled throughout the weekend.

"The Fort Worth Fire Department did a good job," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "We're happy that nobody was injured and pleased that construction remains on schedule."

The Speedway Club, which will house the Texas Motor Speedway corporate offices, a restaurant and meeting space, is scheduled to open the first quarter of 1999.

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Cup