Mechanical failure likely cause of fire

By Kelsey Gibbs | kgibbs@wcia.com

Published 07/22 2014 04:51PM

Updated 07/22 2014 05:24PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Hundreds of workers enjoyed a day off work after fire broke out early Tuesday morning. It started about 1:15 am, in a mechanical room at the Howlett Building, where the Secretary of State's Office is located.

Authorities say failure of the motor which powers the building is the likely cause. Crews quickly put out the blaze, but the air conditioning in the building isn't working. Workers need to fix mechanical issues and remove the smell of smoke from the building.

It serves between 750 - 1,000 employees and members of the public. It will be open Wednesday for normal business hours.

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