Canadian Manufacturing

Fire at candy warehouse halts orders

Blaze at Fannie May Fine Chocolates centre in Maple Heights, Ohio puts chocolate orders on hold during critical Christmas season



MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio—Some orders for chocolates have been halted after fire gutted a candy warehouse and distribution centre in northeast Ohio.

Authorities are trying to determine what caused the blaze that began Nov. 27 at the Fannie May Fine Chocolates centre in Maple Heights, Ohio. Authorities said there were no injuries.

Firefighters from several departments responded, and hazardous materials units stood by because of ammonia in the centre.

Fannie May Chocolates is a division of 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. The company says it is assessing the effects of the fire and the contingency plans that will be needed for the holiday season.

The company on Friday posted a message on its website saying Fannie May and its Harry London gourmet chocolates business have temporarily halted orders for most of their candies and confections.

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