Investigation into fire at BMS building in Wallingford continues

Investigation into fire at BMS building in Wallingford continues

WALLINGFORD — Fire officials say the investigation continues into the cause of a fire at the Bristol-Myers Squibb building Monday afternoon.

Fire Marshal Michael Gudelski said the exact cause of the fire has not been determined but authorities know it started in a copier machine on the second floor and extended into cabinets. There were no reported injuries.

Firefighters responded to an activated fire alarm at 5 Research Parkway around 3:15 p.m. Gudelski said the fire was extinguished by the sprinkler system.

“Two sprinklers went off so the fire was out (when firefighters arrived),” Gudelski said.

Firefighters ventilated the building for more than an hour. Fire officials said employees were evacuated and there were no injuries. Gudelski said there was significant smoke damage to the immediate area near the copier and water damage from the sprinklers.

Gudelski said Bristol-Myers Squibb’s insurance company must now determine the “exact component” that caused the copier machine to catch fire before an official cause can be attributed.

“To get the exact cause [of the fire] may take a while,” Gudelski said

A representative from Bristol-Myers Squibb could not be reached for comment.
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