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A Casper firefighter makes a call on his radio after fighting a blaze that started Wednesday night in an apartment on East Second Street. One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. 

Josh Galemore, Star-Tribune

A fire in a downtown Casper building sent one person to the hospital on Wednesday night and forced the evacuation of at least one nearby business, authorities said.

The fire broke out sometime after 9 p.m. on the second floor of a building on East Second Street near the intersection with Center Street. Smoke billowed out of the windows and into the night air.

Crews quickly extinguished the fire and worked to clear the building of smoke with the help of a large fan. 

The injured person suffered smoke inhalation, said Casper police Sgt. Zack Winter.

The fire did not extend into any of the adjacent buildings, said Interim Casper Fire Chief Jason Speiser. 

Frontier Brewing, which is next door, was evacuated. About 40 people watched emergency crews respond to the blaze from across the street. 

Speiser said it was too soon to estimate how much damaged was caused by the fire. However, there was "probably pretty extensive smoke damage, at least," he said.

The bottom floor of the building, which houses Alpenglow Natural Foods, was filled with smoke.

Authorities don't know yet what caused the fire.

Check back for more on this developing story. 

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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