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Fire Destroys Tea Business In Which It Started; No Injuries

TEA, S.D. (AP) — A fire in Tea has destroyed the industrial building in which it started Tuesday morning.

Officials say the fire began around 9:30 a.m. at the Huck Finn Painting Company, located in an industrial area of the town. The fire is now out but burned for several hours and filled the sky with thick black smoke that could be seen for miles.

Lincoln County Emergency Management Coordinator Harold Timmerman says fire started when a woodworking machine malfunctioned.

Timmerman says the fire burned quickly because the building was filled with paint, stain and lacquer.

All of the employees got out safely and no emergency responders were hurt as they spent hours fighting the flames.