A Michiana company that develops fragrances sold to countries all over the world didn't smell so good itself Monday. Fire broke out around lunchtime at Lebermuth, a family owned business at Capital and McKinley in Mishawaka.
Lebermuth has been operating since the turn of the century making fragrances for all kinds of products.
General Manager David Shebell said most employees were at lunch when one of the heating tanks caught fire. With quick thinking damage was contained and Shebell said he was able to get the few workers still there out of the building.
“We had a tank of fragrance catch on fire in the room,” said David Shebell General Manager of Lebermuth. “We tried to contain it by spraying it with the fire extinguisher but the flames were too hot. So we evacuated everybody out of the building, shut the fire door on the way out.”
In spite of the fire at Lebermuth Monday Owner Alan Brown says the company is blessed. “Our core value is family. He recognizes core values and how they are key to our success and what we do. Our people make our company, again we're just so blessed that everybody's okay, and no one was injured.”
The fire was contained to the north building and with a second plant in Bremen, operations shouldn't be greatly interrupted.