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LIMA ó One of Limaís recognizable exercise facilities caught fire Friday night.

The Lima Fire Department was calledat 10:28 p.m. Friday to the fire at Cardio Factory on Cable Court, across from DeHavenís Home and Garden Showplace on state Route 117.

Assistant Fire Chief Greg Kirkendall said investigators estimated damage to the structure to be around $50,000 and content loss to be around $20,000.

Kirkendall said there was no one inside at the time the business caught fire and the workout facility was not open at the time.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the attic eaves and found a fire burning in the ceiling of the first floor. Kirkendall said firefighters had to cut a hole in the roof for ventilation. Firefighters ended up having to rip down a lot of the ceiling to get to the fire, he said.

He said it appears the fire started in the ceiling above the first floor. Investigators were still determining the exact cause, but he said it looks like it may have been electrical.

According to the Allen County auditorís website, the building is estimated to be worth $221, 700. The Cardio Factory website lists the owner at Chris Fetter, who is also listed as the owner on the auditorís website.

Kirkendall said firefighters were on scene until just before 1 a.m. Saturday and the Shawnee Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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