Fire at 3-M Plant
Firefighters were dispatched to the 3-M plant at 7:30 Sunday night. The fire was quickly put out. 3-M and the fire department investigated the blaze.
700 people are employed at the plant, everyone who was working at the time was evacuated as a precaution.
"The fire is extinguished but because there are so many chemicals in a manufacturing plant we want to make sure that there's no danger to anyone. Obviously the plant has been evacuated and they have specialists, hygienist that work with 3-M that are going to go in and make sure that there's no chemical problem inside the actual room," Assistant Fire Marshall Debbie Sorrell said.
The plant manufactures ink jet cartridges. Officials made at least two passes through the plant and reopened it to the morning shift.
The fire department says the fire started in a room that contained hazardous materials. An automatic sprinkler kept the fire contained in that area. A Hazmat team was used to make sure everything was safe.
The Columbia Fire Department and 3-M say none of the employees were in danger at the time of the fire and there was no time when the public was put at risk.