A small fire at the Huhtamaki factory on the Waterville-Fairfield municipal boundary was extinguished about half an hour after firefighters were called Wednesday night, a fire official said.

The Fire Department arrived at 7:57 p.m. at paper goods manufacturer Huhtamaki, at 242 College Ave., and the fire was out by 8:36 p.m., according to Firefighter Mike McKay, who said the type of fire that had started in some machinery is common and typically doesn’t take long to extinguish.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, factory personnel had extinguished most of the fire, McKay said. The Fire Department just had to put out some hot spots.

The fire is believed to have started in the dryer on the conveyor belt, by either a steam line and insulation in the dryer that creates heat, or a bearing on the conveyor belt, McKay said; however, officials couldn’t conclusively determine the cause.

No one was injured by the fire.

Fires are not uncommon in the factory. The Fire Department gets called to Huhtamaki a few times a year, McKay said.

Madeline St. Amour – 861-9239

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