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Fire causes $1M in damage to candle plant owned by PartyLite

Firefighter treated for minor injuries

BATAVIA – PartyLite’s facility at 601 Kingsland Drive in Batavia was closed Monday as company officials assess the damage to the 500,000-square-foot building caused by a fire Saturday night.

Firefighters shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday responded to the fire, which caused minor injuries to a firefighter and caused an estimated $1 million in damage to the building.

PartyLite sells candles, candle holders, flameless fragrance and wax warmers, as well as holiday and home decor.

Employees are expected to return to work by the end of the week, said Bobbi Schlesinger, spokesperson for PartyLite.

No employees were in the building at the time of the fire, she said.

“We are trying to assess when it would be safe for employees to return,” she said.

The fire started in a section of the building’s manufacturing division, Schlesinger said. Firefighters continue to investigate the cause.

She said it appears a couple of pieces of equipment in the facility might need to be repaired or replaced because of the fire, and the facility should be operating “pretty normally” by the end of the week.

PartyLite’s inventory and distribution divisions also are located in the facility. Schlesinger said the fire won’t affect the plant’s orders.

“Anyone who is expecting orders from PartyLite will receive them,” she said.

Schlesinger said the company was thankful for Batavia Fire Department’s rapid response to the fire. The fire was under control in about a half-hour.

“PartyLite is very grateful to the fire department for responding so quickly,” she said.

One firefighter battling the blaze was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and was released after treatment, and several others were monitored at the scene for signs of exhaustion, a fire official said.

Batavia Deputy Fire Chief Randy Banker said the investigation into the fire could take several weeks.

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