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·         Holcomb plant down indefinitely after fire, but Tyson promises to continue weekly pay for employees

·         Tyson: Plant near Garden City "down indefinitely" after devastating fire

·         Tyson fire still active after 12 hours

·         Over 3,800 workers at Tyson Foods beef plant in Kansas out of work after fire

 

 

Holcomb plant down indefinitely after fire, but Tyson promises to continue weekly pay for employees

 

By Amber Friend / The Garden City Telegram (KS)

via Leavenworth Times - Posted at 4:00 PM Updated at 4:04 PM, Aug 10, 2019

 

First responders fought and a community rallied this weekend in the wake of a fire that for hours burned through Finney County’s largest employer, Tyson Fresh Meats.

 

As the flames were fought and extinguished in the dead of night and following morning, the governor took notice, Tyson promised to support its employees and local nonprofits and businesses showed up with supplies and support.

 

An emergency response

 

The Finney County Communication Center received a 911 call from an operations manager at 8:35 p.m. Friday reporting a fire in the west end of the Holcomb meatpacking plant, the portion of the building used for harvest, where the animals are slaughtered. Tyson later confirmed in a statement that the fire started in the box shop.

 

The Garden City Fire Department responded to the scene with assistance from the Holcomb Fire Department, Finney County Sheriff’s Office, Finney County EMS, Finney County Emergency Management and the Kansas Highway Patrol, said interim Garden City Fire Chief Rick Collins. Robinson Oil, Garden City USD 457 and Holcomb USD 363 also provided assistance throughout the night.

 

A Tyson haz-mat team was also on scene to monitor oil and chemicals involved in running the plant, he said.

 

By Saturday morning, a portion of the roof over the west end of the building had collapsed, making portions of the building difficult to access, Collins said. By 1 p.m., he said firefighters were able to access those areas to extinguish fires.

 

By 9:30 a.m. Saturday — more than 12 hours later — the fire was deemed under control, and by 11 a.m. assisting agencies the Finney County Sheriff’s Office and Finney County EMS were released from the scene, leaving GCFD firefighters on site to monitor possible hot spots and flare-ups, said Garden City Police Department Sgt. Lana Urteaga.

 

Collins said firefighters would leave the plant late Saturday afternoon and advise Tyson to call the GCFD if needed.

 

It is too early to determine the cause of the fire or the extent of its damage, Collins said. He said there are no reported injuries in connection with the incident.

 

About 1,200 employees were on duty at the time of the fire, 400 of whom were working the harvest shift on the west side of the building closer to the fire. All were evacuated from the building at 8:30 p.m., according to a news release from Tyson.

 

Approximately 75 employees were bused in school buses from local school districts to Holcomb Elementary School, which had been set up as s reunification point for employees, Urteaga said in a news release.

 

By 1 a.m., all employees had dispersed from the school, according to the release.

 

The incident isn’t the first time fire has damaged a prominent beef processing plant in Finney County. On Christmas Day in 2000, a large fire consumed the center of the ConAgra Beef Co. plant, formerly Monfort, resulting in its permanent shutdown and the loss of 2,300 local jobs.

 

Tyson is Finney County’s largest employer with more than 3,500 employees, a Tyson representative told The Telegram in May.

 

Aid, support from Topeka

 

Saturday, as first responders continued to fight the fire, the incident received attention across the state.

 

Gov. Laura Kelly directed Secretary of Commerce David Toland and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam to travel to Finney County that day to meet with representatives from Tyson, local government and economic development officials to coordinate state aid if needed, according to a news release.

 

According to the release, the Department of Commerce and Department of Labor have rapid response resources available to assist employees and businesses affected by closings and other setbacks.

 

“Our agencies are prepared to coordinate support for Tyson and its workers as needed during this challenging time,” Kelly said in the release.

 

Separately, Speaker Ron Ryckman, R-Olathe, who was raised in Meade, released a statement Saturday afternoon about the fire, offering “our prayers and our commitment” to those affected by the fire and thanks to emergency responders.

 

“The Tyson plant is an integral part of our ag economy. From the Kansas ranchers and feedlots to the refrigeration and shipping companies that partner with Tyson, the regional and statewide impact of this emergency closure cannot be understated. The House stands ready to do everything we can to help Tyson rebuild and continue to thrive in Western Kansas,” Ryckman said in the release.

 

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Tyson: Plant near Garden City "down indefinitely" after devastating fire

 

KWCH 12 Wichita, KS

Posted: Fri 9:44 PM, Aug 09, 2019 

Updated: Sat 3:46 PM, Aug 10, 2019

 

FINNEY COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) 3 p.m.

 

Garden City officials say a fire at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Holcomb is out.

 

At around 9:30 a.m., firefighters were able to get the fire under control. Crews will remain on scene throughout the afternoon to keep an eye out for any flare-ups.

 

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. says they will be opening their doors Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for employees to retrieve their items, such as keys and wallets.

 

Tyson staff is asking for, employees only, to come to the plant as to not congest the area. All employees should monitor Tyson’s social media site for further updates.

 

1 p.m.

 

Gov. Laura Kelly sent assistance from her administration in response to a fire overnight that caused significant damage to the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Holcomb.

 

Kelly asked Secretary of Commerce David Toland and Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam to travel to Finney County today to meet with Tyson representatives and local government and economic development officials to offer and coordinate support from the state as needed.

 

“Our agencies are prepared to coordinate support for Tyson and its workers as needed during this challenging time,” Kelly said. "The Department of Commerce and Department of Labor have rapid response resources available to assist employees and businesses affected by closings and other setbacks."

 

Tyson Foods release the following statement:

 

We’re grateful no one was hurt during the fire at our Holcomb, Kansas, beef plant Friday night. We appreciate the hard work, dedication and quick response from the Holcomb and Garden City fire departments, as well as the Finney County sheriff’s office.

 

The plant will be down indefinitely while we fully assess the damage. We know our team members have a lot of questions, so we’re asking the news media to help spread the word that we will be having informational meetings with team members at the facility on Monday to discuss the situation.

 

Tyson Foods Team Members should report on Monday to respective cafeterias at the following times:

 

A Harvest and A Processing: 6:00 a.m.

 

B Harvest and B Processing: 3:00 p.m.

 

A MH, Freezer, and PBX: 10:00 a.m.

 

B MH, Freezer, and PBX: 7:00 p.m.

 

A Hides (in Hides break room): 11 a.m.

 

B Hides (in Hides break room): 1 p.m.

 

8:00 a.m.

 

Officials with Tyson have released the following statement regarding Friday's fire:

 

"We safely evacuated workers about 8:30 p.m. Friday night from our beef plant near Holcomb due to a fire that started in the box shop. We have had no reports of injuries. The plant will be down indefinitely until we can assess the damage. We will soon be notifying our team members about informational meetings."

 

Garden City officials say a fire at the Tyson processing plant in Holcomb is still active. Crews remain on the scene, and the fire has been contained to the area where it began.

 

Officials aren't sure exactly the scope of the damage, but part of the roof has collapsed.

 

Around 75 employeesr were bussed to Holcomb Elementary School overnight. All of them had dispersed from the school as of around 1:00 Saturday morning. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army were on hand to help out.

 

Officials also say, while they appreciate the outpouring of support for firefighters and emergency responders at the scene, they'd like people to coordinate donations through Finney County Emergency Management (620-272-3747).

 

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Tyson fire still active after 12 hours

 

By Amber Friend / The Garden City Telegram (KS)

Posted Aug 10, 2019 at 9:51 AM

 

A fire that sent large flames billowing through the roof of the west building of the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Holcomb is still active 12 hours after the emergency responders were alerted to the scene Friday night, interim Garden City Fire Chief Rick Collins said this morning at a press briefing.

 

The Garden City Fire Department responded to a 911 call reporting a fire at the plant at 8:35 p.m. Friday, assisted throughout the night by the Holcomb Fire Department, Finney County Sheriff’s Office, Finney County EMS, Finney County Emergency Management and the Kansas Highway Patrol, as well as Robinson Oil, Garden City USD 457 and Holcomb USD 363, Collins said Saturday morning. The fire began in the west side of the meatpacking plant, where the animals are slaughtered.

 

Collins said Saturday morning that the fire is still active, but contained to the “room of origin” and that no Tyson employees or firefighters have been injured. He confirmed that there had been a partial roof collapse on the west end of the building.

 

He said the cause of the fire is still unknown and responders were not yet sure about the extent of the damage.

 

“The fire is in an area right now that is a little tactical to get to ... At this time, we’re unable to get to certain areas due to the roof collapse. (The fire is) still all contained in the one area of the building,” Collins said.

 

The plant, “a large commercial structure made of concrete,” is prone to excessive heat, Collins said, and firefighters have had to “cool as we go.”

 

About 1,200 employees were on duty at the time of the fire, 400 of which were working the harvest shift on the west side of the building closer to the fire. Approximately 75 employees were taken in school buses from local school districts to Holcomb Elementary School, which had been set up as s reunification point for employees, Garden City Police Department Sgt. Urteaga said in a press release. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army assisted employees at the school.

 

By 1 a.m., all employees had dispersed from the school, according to the release.

 

According to a Facebook update from the Holcomb Community Fire Department, the Red Cross and Tyson employees provided food and drinks to responders on the scene during the night, and Garden City’s Pizza Hut sent a “truck load” of pizza to the scene. Others sent donations “of all kinds,” read the update.

 

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Over 3,800 workers at Tyson Foods beef plant in Kansas out of work after fire

 

Reporting by Andrea Shalal in Washington; Editing by Lisa Shumaker, Reuters

August 11, 2019

 

(Reuters) - Some 3,800 workers at a Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) meat-processing plant in Kansas will be out of work after a Friday night fire that caused significant damage, but the company on Sunday said it will provide them “some guaranteed pay.”

 

Tyson Foods spokesman Worth Sparkman said the plant would remain closed indefinitely and there were no details yet on the cause of the fire and or the extent of the damage. “It was a pretty big fire,” he said.

 

Independent trader Dan Norcini said the cattle market could respond negatively to news of the fire, but the impact would depend on how long the plant stays closed.

 

A prolonged closure could force the company to move cattle designated for slaughter to another facility, which could result in additional cost.

 

Tyson said in a statement that it would meet with workers in shifts at the facility on Monday to answer their questions.

 

“We will provide some guaranteed pay,” Sparkman said...

 

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