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Fire breaks out at Artists Collective

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Carbondale firefighters hustled Tuesday night to put out a fire at the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities and the Artists Collective retail store, 645 Main.The fire was reported shortly after 9 p.m., and firefighters arrived to find smoke seeping out of closed windows, a column of smoke pouring out of a swamp cooler on the roof, and flames visible through some of the windows on the Artists Collective side of the building.Breaking through the door of the Artists Collective, a fire crew of three sprayed water into the shop and moved toward the back, quickly extinguishing the flames.The fire apparently started in the boiler room at the back of the Collective space.Deputy Chief Bill Gavette said Wednesday that it appeared that the heat of the fire melted the solder connections on a water pipe, causing it to burst, which Gavette said was helpful in keeping the fire in check.On the CCAH side of the building, the main damage was from smoke and water that seeped through from the other side of the structure.New CCAH director Jolie Ramo said the organization plans to move all of its art, office equipment and records out to the Annex in the La Fontana Plaza on Highway 133 for the time being. There currently is no power to the burned building, no heat and no use of the toilet facilities, she said.A total of five fire trucks, one ambulance and 25 firefighters responded to the call, and one unidentified fire fighter was treated at the scene for minor injuries, according to Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District spokesman Doug Davis. For a more detailed report, see todays edition of the Valley Journal.

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