CUYAHOGA FALLS: Emergency crews from Cuyahoga Falls and Akron responded to a fire at the Bemis manufacturing plant on Akron-Peninsula Road this morning.
Smoke, but no flames were seen coming from the back of the consumer product packaging manufacturer at 1972 Akron-Peninsula Road a little before 11 a.m. as emergency crews arrived.
Employees were standing outside in the rain.
A manager declined comment, saying she needed to keep the area clear for emergency crews.
Plumbing contractors told a reporter they had been working on a bathroom at the plant and alarms went off and an announcement came on to evacuate. They believe a machine in the back of the plant caught fire.
Kelli Crawford-Smith, a city of Cuyahoga Falls spokeswoman, said at 1 p.m. that the fire had been extinguished and the source was under investigation. One employee was transported to a local hospital for smoke inhalation. Employees were still evacuated from the building at that time, she said.
Representatives for the public relations firm representing the Neenah, Wisconsin-based company were not available for immediate comment and did not return a call seeking information about the fire.
According to it's website, Bemis produces packaging for food, consumer products, healthcare and industrial products. The Cuyahoga Falls location is a label division, according to an Internet search.
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