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Fire closes Illinois state building in Springfield

Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 7:17 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Secretary of State's office has closed its Howlett Building in Springfield for the day because of a small fire.

Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker says the fire happened about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in a mechanical room at the building, which is part of the Illinois State Capitol complex.

He says firefighters quickly put out the blaze but the air conditioning in the building isn't working and crews need to work on mechanical issues.

Druker says the agency hopes to reopen the office building on Wednesday.

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.

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