Explosion, fire reported at Columbus business

Firefighters: Sprinklers helped put out the fire

Published On: Nov 12 2012 03:24:13 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 13 2012 09:02:52 AM CST

An explosion and fire damaged American Packaging in Columbus Monday, according to the Columbus Fire Department.

Fire officials said they were dispatched to American Packaging at 850 W. James St. at 12:31 p.m. and encountered heavy smoke and fire when they arrived.

Three other fire departments and other emergency responders were called on to assist.

The sprinkler system helped put out the fire and damage was contained to the room where the fire started, according to fire officials.

Firefighters searched briefly for a missing person who was later found outside the building. No injuries are reported.

The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reported the company had recently undergone a $17.5 million expansion. An explosion at the factory in 2009 killed 47-year-old Jerrod Doxtater.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.