Fire caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to Ames agricultural construction company PMI Iowa this week, Nevada fire officials said.


The fire was reported just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, after several employees on their lunch break noticed smoke coming from vents on the south side of a metal building used as a paint booth.


The fire in the 2,800-square-foot building used for storing industrial paint and for painting machinery was mostly extinguished within 15-20 minutes, and additional time was spent gaining access to, and cooling down, hot spots inside, said Ray Reynolds, director of fire and EMS for Nevada.


A portion of the sheet metal on the outside of the building needed to be removed in order to better reach the fire inside.


“It took us a little longer to try to get it extinguished because there was a lot of flammables and combustibles in the building,” Reynolds said.


Firefighters from Ames, Gilbert and Roland also responded to the fire at the PMI building at 3692 N. Dayton Ave.


According to PMI Iowa Vice President Ryan Savage, no one was injured.


Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Reynolds said that it is not believed there was anything suspicious about it. The investigation has since been turned over to an insurance company.


“Any time there’s a large loss, there’s multiple parties who might be interested in the cause of the fire,” Reynolds said. “At this point it’s still under investigation, we’re going to work with the insurance company to determine the cause of the fire. But there’s nothing suspicious.”