It was as dramatic a fire alarm call as a firefighter would ever hear — flames showing and a man screaming at the Carthage Water and Electric Plant offices.
What Carthage firefighters found when they arrived shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday was a little less dramatic.
Carthage Fire Marshal Tom Nixon said a construction worker who was cutting some metal had set fire to the backing on some insulation inside a wall on an unused part of the building.
The worker quickly put the fire out with a fire extinguisher and he suffered only minor blisters.
Firefighters arrived and used their infrared camera to confirm that the fire was out and the danger was over.
Carthage Water and Electric Plant Executive Director Bob Williams said the crew was removing the former emergency room entrance doors and putting fascia on the area to make it look like the rest of the building.
Williams said the utility doesn’t use that part of the building and has had inquiries about leasing the space, although there are no firm plans of offers to open it up.
He said the utility is removing the doors so if someone does lease the section, the entrance will be on the back, or north side, of the former hospital complex and any future use won’t interfere with the utility’s parking on the west side of the complex.