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HENDERSON, N.C. — Firefighters battled a large blaze Monday at the ETC of Henderson factory facility, WTVD reported.

Thick black smoke and flames could be seen pouring from the center of the manufacturing complex located in the 600 block of Wakefield Avenue in Henderson.

Mayor Eddie Ellington said all the employees were able to make it out safely, but two to three firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation.

Residents in surrounding homes were evacuated because of the smoke.

Fire crews from several departments were on scene.

There was no immediate word on how the fire might have started.

According to its website, ETC makes products for the janitorial and food service industries.