Firefighters from four area fire departments responded Tuesday afternoon to a report of a machine on fire at Quality Mold on Massillon Road in Springfield Township.
Springfield Fire Capt. Steve Simich said thick black smoke could be seen billowing out a side of the building when he arrived shortly after 3 p.m.
"It really did look a lot worse than it actually was," he said, explaining that rubber used to make tire molds had been ignited.
Firefighters put the fire out within 20 minutes, and there were no injuries.
An estimated 60 employees had been evacuated from the building by the time Simich arrived, he said.
Simich said the cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimate was available Tuesday.
Production was expected to resume Thursday — but not in the area where the fire was.
About two dozen firefighters from Springfield, Green, Lakemore and Coventry fire departments were on the scene.
Quality Mold is at 2200 Massillon Road, north of Killian Road.