At 1:48 a.m. Thursday morning, firefighters with the Richmond Fire Department responded to a fire alarm alert at EnerSys, a battery manufacturer on Eastern Bypass in Richmond.
First responders arrived at the plant in under four minutes, at which point, the first firefighter at the site noticed heavy smoke and fire coming from the building, according to Corey Lewis, public information officer for RFD.
Following that, the responding firefighter notified the battalion chief of the high magnitude of the fire, and called additional units to the scene.
Lewis stated RFD actively fought the fire for approximately an hour and a half but remained on the scene until around 10 or 11 a.m. Thursday.
He said there is a “significant amount of damage” to the affected area of the facility, as well as the adjacent area due to heat damage.
At the time of the fire, there were about 75 employees inside the building for production. There were no injuries to anyone at the facility or with the fire department.
As of Thursday afternoon, Lewis reported that RFD has not determined the cause of the fire.
Currently, Richmond fire is working with the state environmental response team to monitor the environmental impact from both the fire and the water used to fight it.
“We used lots of water which can cause runoff so we are trying to make sure no there is no impact at this time,” Lewis said. “The scene is wrapped up and EnerSys is trying to mitigate the damage.”
Multiple attempts to reach an EnerSys representative by telephone Thursday went unanswered.
EnerSys has had several fires before this incident occurring years ago in 2009.
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