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Fire causes $5,000 damage, but no injuries, at Pactiv in St. Charles

Published: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 2:51 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 5:17 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – A fire Thursday afternoon caused about $5,000 in damage to a St. Charles business, but all employees were able to evacuate, and there were no injuries, according to a news release issued by the St. Charles Fire Department.

St. Charles firefighters responded to a report of a ceiling on fire at 12:34 p.m. at Pactiv Corp., at 315 S. Kirk Road. Firefighters arrived at 12:36 p.m. and found a fire in the area of the bar joists supporting the roof in the manufacturing area. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 30 minutes.

According to its website, Pactiv is a provider of food service and packaging, and its lines include products used by the supermarket, packer/processor, institutional, food service and restaurant industries. The fire also caused an undetermined amount of damage to products.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it is not considered suspicious, the release stated. The fire was reported by employees who were working in the area and observed a fire that covered a 10-by15-foot area and was spreading.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 3 p.m., conducting the investigation. Firefighters from Geneva, Batavia, Fermilab and West Chicago assisted.

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