FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Fire tore through a Franklin business without smoke alarms or sprinklers overnight, causing $250,000 in damage, fire officials said early Monday.
No one was hurt when flames broke out around midnight at NextGen Composites, 321 Conover Dr., said Fire Lt. Kyle Lovelace.
The business was closed, but a passerby noticed the blaze and called 911.
The building was not equipped with smoke alarms or sprinklers, and that prevented firefighters from responding before the fire was visible to the eye, he said.
The devices are not required by the state fire code at this type of facility, he said, due to the business use group and size (about 20,000 square feet).
"Under a certain amount of square footage, they wouldn't need it," the fire lieutenant said, "but it would be highly recommended to have them. Early detection is always going to be better."
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
It is considered unintentional, according to Lovelace.
It appears to have started in an a paint booth area in the front of the building, he said.
The building is not a total loss, but it sustained heavy damage, he said, estimating $250,000.
Fire crews cleared the scene just before 5 a.m. Monday.
NexGen Composites creates lightweight structural panels for commercial, military and industrial applications.
The company recently expanded to North Charleston, South Carolina.