Late night fire reported at Josephson Manufacturing

Messenger photo by Bill Shea
Firefighters work at the Josephson Manufacturing Co. plant at 216 Central Ave. late Wednesday night after a fire ignited in a paint booth.

A fire ignited inside a paint booth at the Josephson Manufacturing Co. plant in Fort Dodge late Wednesday night.

A sprinkler system confined the flames to the booth. No one was injured.

Police and firefighters were called to the plant at 216 Central Ave. at about 11 p.m. because the fire alarm, burglar alarm and sprinkler system all activated.

Smoke was coming out of the building in several places when firefighters arrived, according to Fire Department Capt. Jeff Hill.

He said firefighters forced open the front door and pulled a hoseline inside.

“The sprinkler system kept the fire contained in the paint booth until we could get a crew inside to extinguish what was burning,“ Hill said. “It was pretty thick smoke. They had zero visibility going in there.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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