Kemet Electronics Oy's industrial hall in Suomussalmi caught fire early on Thursday morning.

The fire has not been extinguished so far, and the fire department estimates that the extinguishing work may take a long time. The hall is 10,000 square feet in size, and about half of the building is on fire.

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Janne Kinnunen, CEO of Kemet Electronics, is watching the fire on site.

- The hall's roof structures and production facilities are partly on fire, he says.

Photo: Pertti Härkönen

Photo: Pertti Härkönen

Photo: Pertti Härkönen

Photo: Pertti Härkönen

This is what the fire site looked like on Thursday morning.

Photo: Pertti Härkönen

At the time of the fire, there were workers in the hall, but according to Kinnunen, everyone who was present has been brought to safety.

He estimates that the spread of the fire to the production facilities is likely to cause production interruptions.

- Once the situation is under control, the situation can be better assessed. It is still too early to say anything, Kinnunen says.

Kemet Electronics is Suomussalmi's largest private employer. It is an American electronics manufacturer that acquired a capacitor plant in 2007. Prior to that, a company called Evox Rifa operated on the premises of the industrial hall.

- The Industrial Hall has been in operation for more than 40 years, says Erno Heikkinen, Mayor of Suomussalmi.

According to Heikkinen, Kemet Electronics employs about 140 people and thus makes up about five percent of the jobs in the municipality of Suomussalmi.

- The fire does affect the residents and the municipality as a whole, Heikkinen says.

- Kemet Electronics has been a major employer in Suomussalmi, and many local residents have strong ties to the company, either through their own workplace or through nearby workplaces.

The smoke rising from the fire was visible far to Vitosti.

Photo: Juri Aaltonen

The cause of the fire is unknown. Residents of Suomussalmi, Siikaranta and Valkeinen are advised to stay indoors and close the ventilation due to smoke that has entered the air and is dangerous to health.

There is a risk of explosion in the area, according to the rescue service, as there are thousands of liters of acetone in the area. The rescue service is working to demarcate the fire site.