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W.B. Doner & Co. is trying to get back to business after a fire ravaged its co-headquarters in Southfield, Mich., August 4.

Employees last week began working out of their homes and in off-site offices, and the agency has continued with scheduled presentations. This week the agency moves into a temporary location while its facilities are renovated.

The electrical fire ripped through the two-story building in which Doner leased space, causing fire, water and smoke damage. The area hit hardest was the second floor, where much creative work was done.

"The second floor is the origin of the fire. There wouldn't be any paperwork on the second floor that wasn't destroyed," said Southfield Fire Department Fire Inspector Bob Gordon, adding that the fire was an accident.

Five of the agency's 325 Southfield employees were inside when the blaze broke out but escaped unharmed.

"The entire building was affected by the fire in some way, shape or form," said Doner spokeswoman Pat Baskin.


Mr. Gordon said the building is a multimillion-dollar loss in terms of reconstruction and content. He noted that damage was extensive because the building had a limited sprinkler system.

"It would be doubtful if they could retrieve information from their computers," he said.

Ms. Baskin said the agency has located a company that specializes in drying and repairing fire-damaged items and is hopeful the agency's mainframe and desktop computer components are fine.

She added that much of the artwork was in leather cases and art bags, so damage may be minimal.

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