Fire temporarily shuts down Covington baby formula facility, chief says

(UPDATE @ 7:35 p.m.): The fire at Perrigo, a Covington company that makes baby formula, likely will shut down the facility temporarily, Covington Fire and Rescue Chief Bart Weer said.

“On arrival we discovered we had a fire contained in the waste disposal system, and it was just a matter of us opening up some chutes to be able to get to that location to suppress the fire,” he said.

>> First snow of season: How much did you get?

Byproduct from the baby formula goes into the disposal system at the plant on Hazel Street. There was believed to be dust in that system that ignited, the chief said.

There were no injuries. Neighboring departments including Piqua, Bradford and Pleasant Hill responded to assist, Weer said.


Crews are on the scene of a fire at the Perrigo Company, a manufacturer on 400 Hazel St., in Covington.

Crews were dispatched about 5:45 p.m. on the report of a fire at the manufacturing company also known as PBM Covington LLC.

PBM Covington LLC, has been in the Miami County village since PBM Holdings bought their Hazel Street location in 2009 from Kerry Foods Inc. PBM Covington LLC, is a subsidiary of Perrigo Nutritionals, also in Covington.

We will update this developing report.

If you have a news tip, call our 24-hour line at 937-259-2237 or send it to