The Boston Fire Department is fought a five-alarm blaze in West Roxbury last night. The factory, according to Boston.com, is a former asthma inhaler facility run by Armstrong Pharmaceuticals, which has prompted “concerns among responders about lingering hazardous materials.”
According to our reporter at the scene, the factory is located at the corner of Centre Street and Lagrange Street. Police are “very serious about sealing off the area, and the surrounding streets are shrouded in smoke.”
UPDATE, from Boston.com:
“This is what we call a posted building,” the Boston Fire Department tweeted around 9:15 p.m. “We have identified [the building] as hazardous with no interior firefighting allowed.”
A later statement clarified that known hazards included the lack of a sprinkler system.
One witness described seeing the back of the bulding “completely involved” with smoke, with the fire reaching the structure’s roof. It was unknown whether any chemicals were present.
Fire officials said no injuries were reported at the scene.
NECN later reported that firefighters ruled out the possibility of hazardous chemicals in the building.