3M: ‘Return to work ongoing’ following evacuation of building on Maplewood campus

UPDATE 1:25 p.m.: 3M officials say employees are returning to work after they were evacuated at one of the buildings on its Maplewood campus Monday morning.

According to a company spokesperson, a walk-in cooler malfunctioned. No word on what caused the malfunction, or exactly how many employees were evacuated.

A 3M spokesperson said no one was injured during the malfunction, which was said to have affected a “small amount of material” at the campus.

No details have been provided regarding why an evacuation was needed due to the malfunction. 3M reiterated Monday afternoon that there is no danger to the public.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS will continue to update this article as additional details become available.

A previous version of this report can be found below.

INITIAL REPORT 11:49 a.m.: A precautionary evacuation has been ordered at one of 3M’s buildings on its Maplewood campus due to what company officials are saying is a “possible equipment malfunction.”

According to a 3M spokesperson, the possible malfunction is affecting a “small amount of material” at the campus.

No details were immediately provided regarding what kind of equipment malfunctioned or the type of material that was being affected.

All employees have been accounted for, according to the spokesperson, who said there is no danger to the public.

The spokesperson added the Maplewood Fire Department is at the scene to help monitor the situation and evaluate what will need to be done.

Stay with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for updates on the situation.