A Kansas thermoforming company is picking up the pieces after a fire swept through its plant Dec. 2, leaving it in ruin.
Investigators from the Kansas State Fire Marshal's office are working to determine the cause the fire at Formation Plastics Inc., a small thermoformer located in Quinter, a small rural town of about 1,000 residents located in north central Kansas.
Mike Haase with Gove County Emergency Management told KSN.com that the fire was first reported at about 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and the first crews on the scene found the building completely engulfed in flames.
Early on Dec. 3, Haase could not confirm any injuries or deaths as a result of the fire to KSN.com.
Crews from several area fire departments battled the fire, which burned until through the night as firefighters remained on the scene monitoring hot spots, according to KSN.
According to reports, Gove County Emergency Management reported that there were no injuries and there were no employees working when the fire broke out.
While no damage estimate has been reported, the facility has been described as a total loss.
According to Plastics News' 2018 rankings data, the company had estimated sales of $2.16 million and approximately 35 employees.
The company, which specializes in custom thermoforming, grew from a single garage to a 14,000-square-foot facility, according to its website.
The company serves several end markets, including medical/pharmaceutical, recreational/sporting goods, aerospace, agricultural, automotive, industrial and consumer products, appliances and horticultural.
Processes performed in-house include heavy gauge and pressure forming.