Employees have been evacuated from the Worcester Envelope Company’s Auburn headquarters after a fire broke out inside the building, according to the Auburn Fire Rescue Department.
Auburn firefighters responded to the fire and called a second alarm around 10:30 a.m., the department said on Facebook.
Auburn fire command has requested aid from the Sutton Fire Department’s mobile ventilation unit, a fan-bearing truck designed to clear smoke and reduce heat during structure fires.
Auburn official originally described the blaze as a car fire, but later said they had based that description on an inaccurate report. The fire began in a “large piece of machinery,” the department said.
The fire was under control by 11 a.m., Auburn officials said on Facebook. The building will still require heavy ventilation.
A Worcester Telegram & Gazette photographer reported on Twitter that one firefighter was receiving medical attention after falling down icy stairs.
Tough conditions, @auburnmassfire has dealt with a machine fire, not vehicle, at #Worcester Envelope. 1 FF transported for falling on icy stairs. @telegramdotcom #Oxford here too. pic.twitter.com/dTwAceqSxx
— Christine Peterson (@ChrisPetersonTG) January 4, 2018
Worcester Envelope Company, which says it manufactures over 20 million envelopes per day, has been a part of the Central Mass. economy since 1893. The company moved from Worcester to Auburn in 1978.