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Paper shredder starts fire at the old St. Louis Metropolitan Police Headquarters building

ST. LOUIS –  Heavy smoke filled the second floor of the old St. Louis Metropolitan Police Headquarters in downtown St. Louis.

According to fire officials,  paper inside a shredding machine caught fire in the 1200 block of Clark Thursday morning.

Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire and de-energize the machine.

Everyone who was in the building at the time was evacuated to safety.