Crews Battle Fire at COVID Vaccine Developer Pfizer’s MA Facility

Andover Fire Rescue responded to a generator fire at Pfizer's facility
Photo: Andover Fire Rescue

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A fire broke out Monday at a facility in Massachusetts belonging to coronavirus vaccine developer Pfizer, according to authorities.

Andover Fire Rescue responded to the generator fire at the facility on 1 Burtt Road shortly before 11:30 a.m., Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said in a statement.

When crews got to the scene, they found the fire in Building D in the complex and began their initial attack on the flames coming from the generator, according to the statement.

First responders declared a working fire, resulting in a call for all on-duty and some off-duty Andover firefighters, mutual aid from the Lawrence and Tewksbury Fire Departments and Lawrence General Hospital EMS, authorities said.

The fire was knocked down by around 12:30 p.m. and limited to the generator, which is housed alone in Building D. Crews remained at the scene into the early afternoon to address hotspots in the ductwork, according to officials.

An Andover firefighter was taken to an area hospital to be observed due to dehydration, the fire chief noted.

“This call was made challenging by the extreme heat on scene, so firefighters had to take extra care to ensure they were staying hydrated and not overexerting themselves,” Mansfield said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Authorities don’t believe the facility’s production operations were impacted.

Pfizer’s 70-acre site in Andover contains state-of-the-art research and development facilities as well as manufacturing spaces, according to the company. The campus consists of eight buildings, which house laboratories, clinical and commercial manufacturing suites, purification and support areas and a clinical drug product manufacturing facility.

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