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Air Conditioner Suspected Cause of Smoke at Pine Tech

Thursday, August 27th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

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Kathy Anderson said she smelled a sulfur-like odor, heard a “pop” in the ceiling and then saw smoke.  Anderson, who works in the Continuing Education and Customized Training building of Pine Technical College, called 9-1-1 then got out of the building.

PineTechFireThe Pine City Fire Department responded to Anderson’s call around 2:30 p.m., Thursday.  Fire Chief Tom Miller says the cause of the smoke is not yet known, but suspects it has to do with the air conditioning unit in the building’s roof.  Miller says if the smoke was not put under control, it is possible the entire building could have caught fire.

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Miller says there is smoke damage and says the odor may linger long term.

PineTechInteviewAnderson says she was the only one in the building at the time.  She says there are usually as many as five employees working at the facility at a time.

No one was injured.  The Pine City Fire Department and Pine County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene.

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