SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Thick smoke could be seen for miles as a local family-owned company goes up in flames.
No one was injured.
A Fox 8 viewer recorded thick, black smoke billowing from the A-A Blueprint company in Springfield Township on Gilchrist Road late Friday afternoon. The company's vice-president, who was not inside the plant at the time, said he could see the smoke for miles.
"We were in Norton on the Kenmore Boulevard leg and we could see giant clouds of black smoke and I was just hoping and praying that it wasn't our building and sure enough it was," said VP Josh Scalia.
"It is a blueprint company so it is a heavy fire load with paper and pallets and chemicals," said Shawn Dewolf with the Springfield Township Fire Department.
SKYFOX captured the scene shortly after firefighters from multiple departments put out the flames. The owner, Daisy Scalia, said the nearly 30,000 square foot building is used for commercial printing. She said eight workers were inside, but everyone made it out safely.
"They smelled smoke in the building just as we were getting ready to leave, and my maintenance guy went outside and saw that the roof was on fire, and he tried to put it out really fast, you know, went up there and said 'oh my golly', they called 911 instantly," Scalia said.
Daisy Scalia said this week, workers began replacing the roof.
"They were replacing the roof because this was the original roof on the building and we were having some issues with it," she said.
"We're three generations...today is a life-changing day for us," said Josh Scalia.
The Scalia family said they hope to rebuild and be even stronger.
"We have a lot of important drawings in there, we archive drawings for different companies that they ensure us to protect them, so we're hoping that those are still good and safe, you know we lost a lot of machinery," he said.
Fire investigators are still trying to determine exactly what sparked the fire.
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