Firefighter injured in blaze at Batavia candle company

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A firefighter was injured while battling a serious blaze Saturday night at a west suburban candle manufacturing business.

An automatic fire alarm went off at about 6:55 p.m. at Candle Corporation of America, 601 Kingsland Drive, according to a statement from the Batavia Fire Department.

Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire and smoke in the manufacturing area, the fire department said. It was difficult to extinguish the blaze right away because of the long distance from the outside to the “seat of the fire,” as well as layout of large equipment and zero visibility conditions, the fire department said.

The fire was extinguished about a half-hour later. Part of the roof collapsed, and the building has been significantly damaged, the fire department said.

The firefighter who was hurt was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and had been released by Sunday morning. “Several” others were monitored at the scene for signs of exhaustion, the fire department said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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