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40 people evacuated after fire at Holiday Inn on Manchester Expressway

Fire officials said 40 people were evacuated temporarily from the Holiday Inn on Manchester Expressway after a fire ignited this afternoon in a storage room.

No one was injured in the 1:21 p.m. fire at 2800 Manchester Expressway. All of those evacuated were later allowed back inside the hotel about two hours later.

By the time firefighters with Columbus Department of Fire & Emergency Medical Services arrived, an employee had used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. Firefighters found thick smoke shooting from a section of the building.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, said Fire Marshal Ricky Shores.

Damage to the hotel was estimated at $10,000.

The fire marshal noted that the fire alarm worked properly and sounded when the fire ignited.

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