A generator fire has broken out at the Pfizer complex in Andover where the pharmaceutical giant makes the COVID-19 vaccine, according to local fire officials, but the incident is not expected to affect production.
The generator caught fire in the company’s D building at 1 Burtt Rd. At around 11:27 a.m., the Andover fire said in a statement. The fire was under control around 12:32 p.m.
A firefighter was taken to hospital for observation for dehydration, the statement said.
Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said in the statement the blaze was difficult to put out due to the extreme heat.
“This call was made difficult by the extreme heat at the scene, so firefighters had to take extra precautions to ensure they stayed hydrated and did not overwork,” said Chief Mansfield. “I want to thank our caring partners, including Rehab Five, for their help today.”
Pfizer issued a statement thanking the firefighters for a “quick and efficient response.”
“No operational or environmental impact has taken place,” the statement said. “The production of our COVID-19 vaccine will not be affected. “
The investigation seeks the causes of the fire.
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