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Fire breaks out in Coca-Cola building in South Dakota

MITCHELL, S.D. -- Firefighters were still working the scene several hours after initially responding to a fire that sparked inside the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. building in Mitchell, S.D.

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Firefighters work the scene of an early-morning fire Aug. 18 at the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. building on North Kimball Street in Mitchell, S.D. (Matt Gade / Forum News Service)

MITCHELL, S.D. -- Firefighters were still working the scene several hours after initially responding to a fire that sparked inside the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. building in Mitchell, S.D.
At 2 a.m. Aug. 18, police officers on patrol noticed smoke coming from the northwest corner of the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. building, which is on North Kimball Street in Mitchell.
When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke billowing from a window and large vent in the northern wall on the west end, said Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg.
About 15 Mitchell firefighters responded to the fire, but the fire department sent out a call for extra aid in case the blaze got out of control. Around 25 additional firefighters arrived to assist from Letcher, Alexandria, Ethan, Rosedale and Mount Vernon.
The ceiling over a section of the west end of the building collapsed, and the warehouse in the east end that held the company’s trucks and beverages was damaged by smoke. The extent of the damage is unknown at this time.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but an investigation is underway.

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