BELOIT - A three-alarm fire brought dozens of units from area fire departments to help save a business along the Rock River on Monday night.
Beloit Box Board, 801 Second St., had flames visible on its roof when City of Beloit crews arrived at around 10 p.m. Monday. Due to the business's physical footprint, equipment in the building and the level of fire, the original two-alarm response was upgraded to three alarms.
The blaze was extinguished around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
One employee was in the building at the time the fire started. The individual evacuated without incident and no civilians or firefighters were injured.
Mutual aid partners who arrived on scene and helped to back-fill City of Beloit fire stations included Town of Beloit, South Beloit, Janesville, Town of Turtle, North Park, Harlem-Roscoe, Rockton, Edgerton, Milton, Cherry Valley, Loves Park, Boone County District 2 and 3, Delavan, Elkhorn, Clinton, Sharon, Monroe, Rockford, Capron, Pecatonica, Belvidere and Win Bur Sew.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
A damage estimate was unavailable as of press time.
Beloit Box Board manufactures 100 percent recycled and recyleable paperboard.
In an interview Monday morning, Human Resources Compliance Manager Mike Masterson said the first shift of employees was back to work at 7 a.m., although they were working on other tasks until the company's insurance carrier could assess damages.
Masterson said the fire appears to have started at the end of a paper making machine. The damages were limited to the roof and also resulted in some water damage.
The paper making machine which appeared to have caught fire seemed to be operational, he said.
Once the insurance personnel were finished assessing damages, Masterson said production would resume as normal. The company has been busy and is eager to get back to production, he said.
Beloit Box Board is one of the city's oldest firms, tracing its roots back to the 1855 founding of Beloit Paper Mill Company.
The company has been an innovator using recycled waste paper as raw material since the 1920s.
Beloit Box Board - the name dates to 1907 - has been locally owned and led through five generations of the Fisher and Chamberlain families.
The company was named Facility of the Year at the City of Beloit's annual environmental awards banquet on May 16.