Orders halted after fire ravages Fannie May candy distribution center in northeast Ohio

Associated Press

Some orders for chocolates have been halted after fire gutted a candy warehouse and distribution center in northeast Ohio.

Authorities are trying to determine what caused the blaze that began Thursday morning at the Fannie May Fine Chocolates center in Maple Heights, Ohio. Authorities said there were no injuries.

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Firefighters from several departments responded, and hazardous materials units stood by because of ammonia in the center.

Fannie May Chocolates is a division of 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. The company says it is assessing the effects of the fire and the contingency plans that will be needed for the holiday season.

The company on Friday posted a message on its website saying Fannie May and its Harry London gourmet chocolates business have temporarily halted orders for most of their candies and confections.