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Howlett Building Closed Tuesday Due to Fire

Howlett Building Closed Tuesday Due to Fire

Photo: Newsradio WTAX/Alex Degman

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office has closed the Howlett Building in Springfield for the day because of a small fire.  Springfield Fire Chief Ken Fustin says it appears the fire happened near an air conditioning unit.

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

Illinois Secretary of State Spokesman Dave Druker says the agency hopes to reopen the office building on Wednesday and that employees based at the Howlett should simply stay home today.

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

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