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Fire at Goffstown paper shredding facility sends one to hospital

Union Leader Correspondent

July 10. 2018 8:15PM
The Absolute Data Destruction facility in Goffstown was evacuated Tuesday due to a fire. (Travis R. Morin/Correspondent)

Firefighters were forced to remove this material from a machine at the Absolute Data Destruction shredding facility in Goffstown after a fire broke out on Tuesday. (Travis R. Morin/?Union Leader Correspondent)

GOFFSTOWN — According to town fire officials, a fire at Absolute Data Destruction in Goffstown shut down operations for the day on Tuesday and sent one employee to the hospital for evaluation.

Fire Chief Richard S. O’Brien said the department received a call at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for excessive smoke at the Goffstown company’s 15 Lance Lane commercial paper and document shredding facility.

O’Brien said that all of the employees were in the process of evacuating the building when the fire department arrived to secure the scene.

According to O’Brien, the blaze originated from one of the compacting machines that the company uses to compress and bail shredded paper materials.

In order to extinguish the flames that were inside the compactor, O’Brien said his firefighters needed to remove the compacting unit from the rest of the machinery.

“We were able to extinguish the fire that was in the compactor. But because it’s such a complex processing machine, we needed to physically remove the unit and all of its contents,” said O’Brien. “It was a very labor intensive process.”

While there were no injuries, one employee was overcome by smoke inhalation and was transported to Catholic Medical Center for evaluation.

Representatives from Absolute Data Destruction were not available for official comment about the fire or the condition of the afflicted employee.

O’Brien said that the cause of the fire is undetermined, but stated his suspicion that overheated machinery may have ignited some of the shredded paper.

He went on to say that the damage appeared contained and that the facility should be back up and running within the next day or two.

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