PAINESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - A factory fire at Hardy Industrial Technologies in Painesville has yet to be fully extinguished.
Firefighters remain on scene to douse the hot spots that continue to flare up.
The fire broke out at 10 a.m. Thursday morning at the Hardy Road factory.
At the height of the blaze, plumes of black smoke could be seen for miles with flames shooting from the building. 22 different fire departments responded to the five-alarm blaze.
The Hardy Industrial plant uses vegetable oil, and fire officials believe that is fueling the fire.
Hardy Industrials CEO John Malloy tells 19 Action News he is thankful nobody was seriously injured.
A cause has not been determined at this time, but the fire started in the towers that make the animal feed. Three employees had heat exposure, but they refused all treatment.
Hardy Industrial Technologies manufactures solid fuels used in natural consumer and industrial wax products. They also produce alternative solid and liquid fuels for boilers and steel mills, plus dust control agents used in agricultural and industrial markets.
The Painesville Fire Department released the following statement Thursday evening:
The majority of the fire at Hardy Industrial Technologies has been controlled. Fire continues to burn in the basement under the warehouse, which is an area that firefighters cannot safely access. The material that is burning is primarily animal nutrition ingredients containing hydrogenated vegetable oil. Fire crews are in position to monitor the burning material throughout the night and ensure that it does not spread from the basement area. The material will be allowed to burn itself out, after which any remaining spot fire will be extinguished. The structural stability of the building, smoke travel in the surrounding area, and changing weather conditions are all being monitored. Citizens are advised to call 440-350-5499 with questions or concerns.
R. Mike Warner, Chief, Concord Fire Dept.