A fire, still under investigation, struck around late Thursday night outside the Dolco Packaging Corp. plant in Decatur's Industrial Park, bringing four fire departments to the scene.
The fire destroyed a semi-trailer loaded with polystyrene egg cartons that was parked at a loading dock and led to eight employees suffering smoke inhalation, although all were treated and released at Adams Memorial Hospital.
The Decatur Fire Department was called out at 9:23 p.m. and was at the scene until 1 a.m., assisted by firefighters from the Monroe, Preble, and Bluffton fire departments. The Decatur and Bluffton aerial ladder trucks were both in use.
The fire not only destroyed the trailer, but also damaged the Dolco building.
While the fire was under way, members of the Southwest Allen County Fire Department brought trucks and stood by at the city fire station in a backup capacity.
The DFD spokesman said the fire area was being cleaned up today by Dolco employees.