The blaze re-flared about
The initial fire began about
One firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion. He was taken to a nearby hospital and released shortly after.
Overall, the extent of damage probably won't be known until later this week, according to Crow. Most of the facility's 1,600 employees were not working Monday, because of the
The initial fire was visible all over the city of about 10,000, apparently.
"The smoke was rolling heavily in the distance for the whole hour we were hanging out," stated
Standing at the end of the lane adjacent to Metal Crafters, Smithfield and Cloverleaf employees watched as jet black smoke billowed out of their place of employment.
"In my opinion, the place will be closed for a while," said
Goodell was accompanied by his wife,
"I don't know how this will affect us," she said.
"We're together in this, and we'll both probably be off for a while," said
"We look forward to the paycheck every week. You have to be here every day," he said. "We will just have to wait and see what they tell us tomorrow, because right now, all we know is hearsay."
Local fire and Smithfield officials and Illinois State Fire Marshal representatives were at the plant to investigate, Crow said. The
The rendering room, where fat is melted, sustained significant damage, according to Crow.
"There are still products they can do at the plant, even if the fire was contained in that area," Crow told Nick in the Morning. "One concern is the machinery to run the whole plant is very near to it. If the damage went to that area, that's a bigger impact."
"I don't think there were any chemicals on fire. We were concerned about the ammonia, but the fire never reached it,"
"The Smithfield staff was on-site, and they were very helpful," Rexroat said. "They shut down the utilities and helped determine a point of entry."
Assistant Fire Chief
"We were at Wells a little longer, and this fire was a little smaller," Spears said. "But Smithfield is a larger facility, and it was much hotter."
The facility is the largest employer in
Smithfield also provides a fair amount of revenue to the city of
Crow said city insurance can cover some of those losses in the short term. But there are no indications how long the growing plant renowned for its bacon production will be out of commission.
"If this went on for the long term, this could have a major impact on us," Crow said. "It would really have an impact on
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