Firefighters donned special protective clothing Friday night to put out a fire at SuperGen, Inc., a drug development company at 1059 Serpentine Lane in the Stanley Business Park off Valley Avenue.
Faced with large HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) warning signs on the large office and laboratory building, firefighters from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department moved cautiously into the building to attack the blaze. Company employees worked with LPFD officers and their HAZMAT team during the operation to ensure that any exposure was kept to a minimum.
Once discovered, the fire was escalated to a second alarm at 6:15 p.m. because of a large number of chemicals in the building. At one time, eight fire trucks were called to the site although only three were eventually needed to extinguish the blaze.
According to its website, SuperGen employs research scientists in small molecule drug development and novel therapeutics to treat and cure life-threatening diseases, including cancer. Through its development pipeline of several promising compound classes at various stages of development, the company is developing and commercializing new drug candidates for oncologists, hematologists, and their patients.
Firefighters said that although the blaze was extinguished quickly, the facility sustained some water damage because the overhead sprinkler system was activated.