Large fire destroys Painesville warehouse

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jul 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-09 17:17:37-04

A fire that broke out at a Painesville warehouse Saturday afternoon destroyed the building.

People who live in the area of East Erie Street tell News 5 it all started with an explosion around 1 p.m. 

Heavy smoke could be seen for miles shortly after the reported explosion.

The damage was largely confined to one warehouse. The operating plant was not impacted and work resumed to its regular schedule on Sunday.

The company located in the warehouse is ECKART Effect Pigments.

According to the business' website, they make metallic pigments for the paint industry. 

The building was closed at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

The company produces pigments and printing inks based on copper, bronze and stainless steel.

The powder is used in the paint and printing industries.

Painesville Fire Chief Mark Mlachak said investigators will have to wait until the very hot rubble cools down, before they can go in and try to search for a cause.

Gilles Legare, head of operations at the warehouse released the following statement.

“We wish to thank our neighbors for their cooperation and understanding; we apologize for the inconvenience and disruption to their day,” said Legare.