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Firefighters quell mill blaze

Quick action by Columbus firefighters may have averted a major fire in the closed Swift Textiles mill at 1410 Sixth Avenue early Friday.

Chief Fire Marshal Thomas Streeter with Columbus Fire & Emergency Medical Services said the call came in at 4:26 a.m., apparently from a passerby who observed smoke rising from the roof area.

Streeter said the flames were rising from the rooftop around roof trusses where the fire apparently started. He said workers demolishing part of the building had used torches inside the structure earlier and that embers may have been blown to the trusses where they smoldered for a period before the fire began to take off.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control. He estimated the damages at $50,000.

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