An exhaust fan at Hagemeyer, 950 16th St., caught fire this afternoon, causing a blaze that sent employees into the afternoon heat.
No one was hurt in the fire, Battalion Chief Keith Watson said.
Columbus Fire & EMS got the call around 3 p.m. According to Watson, an exhaust fan overheated, caught fire and then caught fire to nearby boxes.
The sprinkler system kept the fire at bay until firefighters arrived.
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“We put the fire out the rest of the way,” Watson said.
What remained was to remove the smoke from the building, which Watson said would take until 4 p.m.
“We should have them back in business in an hour,” he said.