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Weekend fire at BWXT caused thousands in damage

Cambridge Fire Department deployed aerial devices to extinguish fire on top of nuclear manufacture building
BWXT headquarters at 581 Coronation Blvd in Cambridge

A weekend fire at one of Cambridge's largest manufacturers was quickly extinguished by the Cambridge Fire Department, but not before the blaze caused thousands of dollars in damages. 

At approximately 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, CFD responded to a rooftop fire at BWXT headquarters located at 581 Coronation Blvd. 

Chief fire prevention officer Eric Yates said in an email to CambridgeToday, the fire was contained to a small area on the roof and no injuries were reported. 

The cause of the fire is unknown, but damages are around $30,000. 

Monifa Miller senior director, corporate affairs for BWXT, confirmed the fire said an investigation to determine the cause is underway. 

"The fire was small and crews were able to quickly put it out, but there is no cause for concern," said Miller. 

Yates also adds that suppression crews utilized an aerial device to quickly extinguish the fire on top of the building. 

BWXT is a global leader in nuclear manufacturing, building reactors for countries like the United States, Romania and Poland. They also build nuclear cooling systems and heat exchangers for energy companies in Ontario. 

No nuclear reactive materials are stored at BWXT in Cambridge, said Miller adding that there is no threat to the general public. 

Yates would also like to remind the community that as the winter season is here, to ensure they have working Carbon Monoxide alarms outside sleeping areas and smoke alarms on every level of the home.

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