Flames were already showing Monday morning when responders with the Velbert Fire Brigade arrived at a cardboard and paper mill in Neviges, Germany.
Firefighters arrived at the mill shortly before 1 a.m. and immediately ordered two more extinguishing teams from nearby towns to the scene, the Facebook site for Feuerwehr Velbert states.
“Turns out the fire had erupted in the company’s administrative building,” the Facebook site states. “The adjacent production hall was slightly smoked, but not yet directly affected by the fire.”
Responders wearing breathing apparatus entered the building from two sides with four hose lines to prevent further spread into the production hall. An aerial ladder was moved into place to deliver water to flames breaking through the roof.
A second aerial ladder was later moved into position on the opposite side of the building.
“Due to the fire event, meanwhile, the population in the southern part of Velbert were asked to keep doors and windows closed via the common warning portals,” the Facebook site states.
Although the fire was brought under control within two hours, firefighters remained on scene to salvage the administrative offices and protected against the fire rekindling. Part of the administrative offices were flooded with firefighting foam.
The last firefighters left the scene at 8 a.m., turning it over to police. No injuries were reported.