Blommers Chocolate fire is 2nd in less than 2 weeks

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Fire Department crews responded Tuesday afternoon to a 2-11 alarm fire on the roof of the Blommer Chocolate Company factory in the city's Fulton River District neighborhood.

The fire was struck at about 3:30 p.m. and no one was injured, fire officials said. It is the second fire at the chocolate factory in just 11 days.

Firefighters were called to the building at about 1:45 p.m. after receiving reports of a fire burning on the roof. Flames and smoke were visible from the area around a smokestack and catwalk on the top of the building.

Employees inside the factory said alarms went off and firefighters took over to put out the fire and then determine the cause.

"At this time we think it was a mechanical fire, we're not sure. This building is full of mechanical machines for roasting cocoa and making chocolate," said Tim Walsh, chief of safety for the Chicago Fire Department.

"The fire alarm went off, everyone evacuated the building. We do take a roster of everyone that was in the building as well as all the visitors in the building, and we physically check heads to make sure everyone is out of the building," said Margaret Sophio, Blommer Chocolate Company.

The fire was contained to equipment at the factory and not in the building, the fire department said.

Firefighters said this fire on the roof was completely unrelated to a fire there on Nov. 3, when equipment on the fourth floor caught on fire and filled the building with smoke.

Health Department inspectors and the Buildings Department are evaluating the building to see if the factory can resume chocolate production today.

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