A textile factory in Brassac, France, that recently manufactured fabric for masks to protect medical workers from COVID-19 lost much of its warehouse storage to fire Tuesday night.
Nearly 2,000 square meters of warehouse space went up in flames at the Filature du Parc factory. However, little of the manufacturing machinery was touched, local media report.
Firefighters battled the blaze nearly four hours, starting with the first alarm turned in a 11:10 p.m. by residents nearby who spotted flames rising almost 10 meters above the warehouses, fanned by strong winds.
Responders were still on the scene Wednesday morning monitoring the fire scene.
Activity at the factory has slowed due to the pandemic, a company spokesman said. When in operation, the factory makes thread used in sewing fabric for car seats.
The fabric manufactured for medical masks was done free of charge.