The attic of the Meira coffee roastery caught fire on Monday, December 20, 2021, in Helsinki. Photograph: TONY ÖHBERG/FINLAND TODAY
UPDATED: 08:35, Dec. 21.
HELSINKI—The lush scent of roasted coffee changed to acrid smoke when the attic of the Meira production plant in Vallila district caught fire on Monday morning.
The Helsinki Rescue Department has been trying to extinguish the fire since arriving around 10:30 to the corner of the streets Aleksis Kiven katu and Sturenkatu where the production plant, including the roastery and the head office of SOK (The Central Finnish Cooperative Society) are located.
Earlier 35 firefighters and 15 fire units were at the scene. According to the rescue department, more units will arrive to help during the evening.
The police have shut down the traffic from Mannerheimintie when moving toward Kallio, a distance of nearly two kilometers. This causes disturbances in public traffic in the evening. (More info on HSL webpage.)
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In the late afternoon, when Finland Today visited the scene just after 16:30, the flames were coming through the roof. A thick smoke surrounded the top of the building.
While it’s too early to properly investigate the cause of the fire, Raimo Sinisalo, CEO of Meira, estimated to the media that the fire started when a roasting machine malfunctioned. Sinisalo said that he was present when the fire was alarmed, and there were about 100 people working in the production plant. Because the fire started in the attic, getting off the building went peacefully.
On Tuesday morning, firefighters were extinguishing the residual fire at the plant. The work is, according to the chief fireman on duty, Petri Korhonen, going to take hours, because the location is difficult, and the work is done by hand.