Workers Evac MA Foam Factory Fire

Friday, July 15, 2016 @ 08:07 AM gHale


Peabody, MA, firefighters battled a stubborn foam factory fire Tuesday afternoon into the next day.

Roughly 50 employees were inside the Lifoam Industries factory when flames erupted in the warehouse section of the building just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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All workers safely evacuated, and there were no injuries reported among the firefighters from Peabody and surrounding communities who joined in battling the three-alarm fire, said Peabody Firefighter Brian L’Italien.

On its website, Lifoam said it created “the world’s first … foam ice chest, and with it, an entire new industry.’’

Firefighters were on scene throughout the night Tuesday and were still on scene Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Investigators from the state fire marshal’s office waited for the fire to be completely out before going in to start their investigation, said fire marshal spokeswoman Jen Mieth.

The hazardous material team is also conducting air monitoring tests, Mieth said. The meter readings in the area have been within safe levels, she said. They were a precautionary measure as a result of the thick black smoke fuming from the building.