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St. Charles firefighters respond to second fire in a month at manufacturing plant

St. Charles firefighters Thursday morning were called to Pactiv Evergreen to put out the second fire in a month at the manufacturing plant on the city’s east side.

The fire was bought under control within 25 minutes and caused only a minimal amount of damage, according to a news release from the St. Charles Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The business remains open and no one was injured in the fire. At 10:11 a.m., the St. Charles Fire Department was dispatched to 315 S. Kirk Road for a report of a fire in the building.

Firefighters were on the scene by 10:12 a.m. and found moderate smoke inside the manufacturing area with visible fire in the ceiling spaces.

Pactiv Evergreen, which bills itself as the leading manufacturer of fresh food and beverage packaging in North America, is located near the department’s station Number 2, which is why the department was able to quickly respond to the fire. The St. Charles Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Geneva, Batavia, West Chicago, North Aurora and Elburn fire departments.

On Dec. 16, a fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to machinery at Pactiv Evergreen. The cause of that fire remains under investigation..

At 3:12 a.m., the St. Charles Fire Department was dispatched to the business for a report of a fire in the building. Firefighters were on the scene by 3:14 a.m. and found moderate smoke inside the manufacturing area, with visible fire in a ceiling mounted machine.

The fire was brought under control with six minutes. In responding to that fire, St. Charles Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Geneva, Batavia, West Chicago, North Aurora and Elburn fire departments.