Hundreds of employees evacuated after fire at Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson is a major gun maker

Fire reported on top of Smith & Wesson building in Springfield, Mass. October 4, 2016 (WWLP)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Firefighters were able to quickly put out a fire at the Smith & Wesson building, early Tuesday evening, on Roosevelt Avenue.

Fire reported on top of Smith & Wesson building in Springfield, Mass. October 4, 2016 (WWLP)
Fire reported on top of Smith & Wesson building in Springfield, Mass. October 4, 2016 (WWLP)

Aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner Dennis Leger told 22News the fire was under control before 6:00 p.m. and started in the air ventilation unit.

No one was hurt, but Leger said more than 100 employees had to be evacuated. They were let back into the building shortly after the fire was put out.

Leger said the fire caused about $10,000 worth of damage to the roof, and there’s no estimate at this time as to how much it will cost to replace the ventilation unit. There was also water damage inside the plant.

There were several fire trucks positioned outside the building when 22News arrived just after 5:00 p.m.

Smith & Wesson is a major gun maker and its plant is off of Roosevelt Avenue in Springfield.

Click Here is you’re unable to view the map above

Sign up to receive BREAKING NEWS text alerts »


Find WWLP-22News on Twitter and Facebook, send your news tips to ReportIt@wwlp.com.