Updated: Firefighters extinguish Jennie-O fire


Ryan OConnell, Rice Lake Chronotype

via Sawyer County Record (WI) - Sep 9, 2019


Firefighters and police responded to flames at the Jennie-O Turkey facility in Barron before 8 a.m. this morning.


Barron resident Ronald Lundequam said he had heard about a mill fire on his police scanner and looked out the window of his home to see green tinted smoke coming from Jennie-O.


Firefighters used ladder trucks to supply constant streams of water to the green metal structure the flames were coming from. Two exhaust stacks coming from the structure appeared damaged.


The fire appeared to be under control by 8:45 a.m.


By 8:55 a.m. firefighters were using a saw to cut a square hole into the green metal structure to check for extension.


The Jennie-O Turkey Store's parent company Hormel Foods issued the following statement to The Chronotype: