Crews monitor air quality after styrofoam warehouse burns in Peabody

PEABODY, MASS. (WHDH) - Everyone is accounted for after a large fire tore through a commercial building in Peabody on Tuesday.

The fire started at around 3:30 p.m. at a styrofoam warehouse on Fifth Street in an industrial park. Firefighters believe the fire began on the production floor.

The area around the warehouse has been evacuated because of hazardous chemicals and plastics burning. Hot temperatures also caused a partial roof collapse.

No one was injured in the fire. One woman was initially unaccounted for until officials said she had quickly evacuated and left the area when the first broke out.

The building was destroyed. According to the police chief, once all the hot spots are out, they will probably have to tear the building down.

The future of the destroyed business, Lifoam, is uncertain at this time.

A second business in the building reportedly sustained a lot of smoke and water damage, but no fire damage.

Employees of that business are on scene to retrieve items they left behind, but the fire chief said it is unlikely they will be allowed in the building any time soon.

The state hazmat team and crews are still on scene. They are monitoring air quality as black smoke continues to pour out of the building.

So far the air quality checks have come back normal.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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