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The first crews arrived to find heavy smoke billowing from the front of the building, which is where investigators seemed to be focusing a good amount of their attention Monday morning.
The fire went to three alarms before firefighters from several area departments could bring it under control.
“What made it difficult for fire companies is this structure is completely brick and has a cement roof,” Hofferet said. “The fire was contained inside. It was like an oven building up, the heat and the smoke. Monday.
“Fire departments just pulled back and waited until it died down so they could make entry,” Hoffert said. “They were concerned about making entry due to any collapse of the roof. They weren sure of the stability of the roof at that time.”
No serious injuries were reported,
but a handful of firefighters had to be transported to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, Hoffert said.
“The entire building, since it a warehouse distributing type place, snack place, it was filled with nothing but plastics and cardboard and stuff like that, so it made it thick black smoke and a lot of heat,” Hoffert said.
Investigators have not determined a monetary estimate for the amount of damage caused by the fire.
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