Sprinkler system prevents major damage after early morning fire

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A local business’ sprinkler system prevents thousands of dollars of damage after an early morning fire.

The blaze broke out at Barnes International on Chestnut Street shortly before 1:00 Wednesday morning.

According to Rockford Fire, crews saw smoke from the building, but most of the flames were extinguished by a sprinkler system, limiting the damage and allowing firefighters to put out the remaining blaze with fire extinguishers. 

Officals say the fire was accidental, and no one was hurt.

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