July 11, 2017 / 2:03 PM / 7 months ago

Fire at Lindt & Spruengli factory in Switzerland, no damage assessment yet

ZURICH, July 11 (Reuters) - A fire broke out at a chocolate factory at Lindt & Spruengli’s headquarters in Kilchberg near Zurich in Switzerland on Tuesday, but was quickly extinguished, Zurich police and the company said.

“We had to evacuate the building, a few people appear to have suffered smoke poisoning,” a spokeswoman for the Zurich cantonal police told Reuters, adding it was not clear what had caused the fire.

Lindt & Spruengli spokeswoman Nathalie Zagoda said it was too early to assess the damage or whether production had been affected.

Lindt & Spruengli, which in the United States owns the Russell Stover brand of chocolates, is known for its gold foil-wrapped Easter chocolate bunnies and Lindor chocolate balls. The company has factories in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Austria and the United States. (Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz; Editing by Mark Potter)

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