CEDAR POINT — Fire gutted the interior of a two-story building in Cedar Point, but a quick response by area fire departments saved the structure.

Cedar Point and Standard fire departments were called to the structure fire at 302 Oak St. just after 2:30 p.m. Monday, and soon after they arrived, a mutual aid box alarm call went out, summoning more fire trucks and water. Within an hour the fire in the two-story building appeared to be mostly extinguished.

Cedar Point assistant fire chief Allen Haeffner said no one was inside the building at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. The fire appeared to have started on the ground floor of the structure, Haeffner said. The owner used the property for storage and had powder coating inside the building, he said.

Powder Perfect is owned and operated by Jim Sluder. He said he established his powder coating business at this location in 1998.

Jim said early indications suggest this may have been an electrical fire (he turned off the gas to his gas-fired oven before leaving Monday) — though the cause has yet to be formally determined.

He indicated the building does not appear to be a total loss and he is weighing his options as to whether to re-open.

In addition to Cedar Point and Standard, fire trucks, firefighters, water tenders and an extra chief were requested from Peru, Oglesby, Lostant, Tonica, Hennepin and Wallace. At 3 p.m., more water tenders were requested — from McNabb, Magnolia and Granville.

PCEMS ambulance service also was contacted.

Brett Herrmann can be reached at (815) 220-6933 or svreporter@newstrib.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SpringValley.


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