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Fire At Hillshire Plant In Storm Lake

Fire At Hillshire Plant In Storm Lake

Storm Lake, IA (KICD)–Area fire crews were kept busy this weekend with a blaze at the Hillshire Brands Turkey Processing Plant in Storm Lake.

Upon arrival of fire fighters around 7:15 Saturday night, they observed heavy black smoke and flames coming from the roof of the production area near the south side of the plant. An approximately 50 by 50 section of the roof burnt and collapsed into the plant.

The Storm Lake Fire Department requested assistance from Alta, Newell, and Sioux Rapids Fire and over 50 fire fighters fought the fire and brought it under control in about three hours. Small spot fires continued to flare up on Sunday.

Fire, smoke, and heat have extensively damaged the facility. No damage estimate is available at this time.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office will be joining the Storm Lake Fire Department in investigating the cause of the fire. It s anticipated the investigation will require several days. The plant is expected to remain closed through Tuesday.

One Storm Lake Fire Fighter sustained an injury to his shoulder during the incident. He was treated and released at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.

Storm Lake Police, Buena Vista County Deputies and Paramedics, and Hillshire administration and staff assisted.

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