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· No injuries reported in fire at Smithfield Foods in Monmouth on Thursday
· Thursday fire at Monmouth’s Smithfield Foods pork-processing plant stays under investigation
No injuries reported in fire at Smithfield Foods in Monmouth on Thursday
Drew Veskauf, HOIABC.com (IL)
April 30, 2021 8:48 am
MONMOUTH (HOI) — It took about three hours for firefighters to secure the site of a fire at Smithfield Foods in Monmouth Thursday evening.
No injuries were reported in the incident, according to the Monmouth Fire Department.
Fire crews first responded to the scene at around 6:42 p.m. Thursday for reports of smoke and flames coming from inside Smithfield Foods.
When the crews arrived on scene, firefighters found an exterior wall of the structure producing smoke. Firefighters started a search for occupants in the area and attempted to locate the source of the flames.
A series of “offensive attacks” were performed…
Thursday fire at Monmouth’s Smithfield Foods pork-processing plant stays under investigation
Jane Carlson, For The Register-Mail
Apr 30, 2021
MONMOUTH — The cause of a fire Thursday evening at Monmouth’s Smithfield Foods pork-processing plant remains under investigation.
Firefighters responded about 6:30 p.m. Thursday to reports of an exterior wall producing smoke at the North 6th Street plant, and were on scene until around 11 p.m.
Monmouth fire chief Casey Rexroat said the fire was on the production side of the plant and there was not a lot of damage to the building.
Rexroat said firefighters were able to knock down the fire outside the building fairly quickly, then discovered the flames had spread inside.
With machinery in the way, Rexroat said it was difficult to reach areas and completely extinguish the fire.
Efforts included cutting out parts of the exterior wall to reach the flames...