Lexington Paper Company Catches Fire

The International Paper Company on Palumbo Drive went up in flames Tuesday morning, just after 10:00.

Firefighters say a generator used by a roofing company, trying to repair the roof, caught fire. We're told the roofers did try to put out the fire themselves, but when the fire got too big to handle they called the fire department.

Plant workers inside the building say they saw smoke coming through the vents. Over 40 employees began evacuating the building. A roll count was done and all employees did make it out safely.

Witnesses tell 27NEWSFIRST they could see the intense smoke and flames pouring from the roof of the building. The flames and smoke was so intense you could see them from as far away as Georgetown.

Lexington firefighters knocked out the fire quickly and factory employees were able to returned to work shortly after.

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