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Columbus firefighters called to two downtown offices


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Columbus firefighters were sent to Columbus City Hall at about 2:45 p.m. to investigate reports of a power outage, which reportedly includes the Columbus Police Department.

Firefighters were also called to two other downtown offices reports of possible structure fires or smoke in the building.

The first call was at 2:15 p.m. for a possible structure fire at the Heritage Fund, The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, 538 Franklin St. Employees there were reporting an electrical burning smell in the building and evacuated.

The second call was about five minutes later at SIHO Insurance Services, 417 Washington St., on a report of smoke in the building. Employees there also evacuated.

Firefighters were also called to the Old National Bank building downtown to rescue an individual stuck in an elevator.

Several stoplights downtown were not functioning.

Capt. Mike Wilson, Columbus Fire Department spokesman, was with firefighters at the Heritage Fund. He said firefighters are investigating a power outage in the downtown area that caused the smoke and possible fire reports.

Duke Energy said it has crews investigating a power outage in downtown Columbus, but crew members do not know what the problem is.

For more on these stories, see Saturday's Republic.

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