Fire closes Illinois state building in Springfield


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Originally Posted Online: July 22, 2014, 8:54 am
Last Updated: July 22, 2014, 4:32 pm
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A spokesman for Illinois' secretary of state says he expects that office's Howlett Building damaged in a small fire should reopen Wednesday.

Dave Druker says the building was closed to business Tuesday after a fire happened about 1:15 a.m. that day in a mechanical room.

The building is part of the Illinois State Capitol complex.

Druker says firefighters quickly put out the blaze, but the air conditioning in the building wasn't working and crews needed to work on mechanical issues.

The building serves between 750 and 1,000 employees and members of the public. Among the services, motorists can purchase license plates and vehicle stickers there.

Druker says the building "should be good for the public tomorrow."
















 




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