Fire erupts at poultry plant; no injuries reported

by Associated Press

Published: October 20,2013

Tags: agriculture, Chicken, damage, emergency, fire, injury, manufacture, poultry, Sanderson Farms

FLOWOOD — No injuries have been reported in an early Friday fire at the Sanderson Farms poultry plant in Flowood.

Flowood Fire Department Lt. Brian Grantham says about 16 employees were inside the building at the time, though no one was in the boiler room where the fire started. The room is used for heating cooking oil to cook the food.

Grantham says those inside the building were part of a cleaning crew and they evacuated when the fire alarms sounded. He says the fire was reported about 3 a.m.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Company officials say the plant will be closed until tomorrow.

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