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Fulton firemen arrive Wednesday morning at the Biggs Forensic Center on Route O in Fulton in response to a fire reported at 9:02 a.m. at the Fulton State Hospital's maximum security unit where criminally insane are housed.

Fulton firemen arrive Wednesday morning at the Biggs Forensic Center on Route O in Fulton in response to a fire reported at 9:02 a.m. at the Fulton State Hospital's maximum security unit where criminally insane are housed. Photo by Don Norfleet.

FULTON, Mo. — A fire in a security camera room near the front of the Biggs Forensic Center was brought under control quickly Wednesday morning by Fulton firemen.

Fire Chief Dean Buffington said the fire was limited to one room and most of the damage was to computers, battery chargers and video equipment. He estimated total damage to the structure and contents at $3,000-$5,000.

“The fire was knocked down by the building’s sprinkler system,” he said.

Firemen brought the fire under control quickly. They assisted with removing water from the structure that came from the sprinkler system. Smoke was removed by using exhaust fans.

Buffington said there was no danger to any of the occupants of the building, and all of the fire was confined to the security room.

The Biggs Forensic Center is the maximum security unit of Fulton State Hospital that houses the criminally insane and potentially violent individuals with mental issues sent to the institution by the state’s criminal justice system.

State Fire Marshal Randy Cole was in the area and assisted in the investigation. The fire was ruled accidental, Buffington said.

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