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Sprinkler stops fire at Cedar Rapids business

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is crediting a sprinkler system for stopping a fire at a business.

Firefighters were called to SunOpta Ingredients at 1050 Wenig Road NE at around 10:17 p.m. Thursday after fire alarms started going off and employees noticed smoke coming from the filter receiving system.

When crews arrived, seven employees had gotten out of the building safely.

Firefighters found polyester filter bags smoldering inside the system and determined that the sprinkler system had put out the fire.

Crews ventilated the building and employees were able to return to work within an hour.

Damage is estimated at less than $1,000.

SunOpta Ingredients makes dietary fiber for the baking industry.

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