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Friday, July 25, 2014
Fire outside of Perdue Farms cooking plant prompts evacuation
Operations at a Perdue Farms cooking plant in Perry, Georgia, have been suspended after a fire broke out on July 21 outside of the facility. No injuries resulted in the fire.
The Houston County, Perry and Warner Robbins fire departments responded to a call that came in around 3:59 p.m. The fire was brought under control in about an hour. A Georgia State Patrol helicopter with a firefighter inside flew over the building to survey the scene and make certain the fire was out.
According to Julie DeYoung, Perdue Farms spokesperson, boiler equipment on the exterior of the building had caught fire. That portion of the Perdue Farms facility included the cooking plant and was evacuated. Employees at the cooking plant did not report to work on July 22 as operations were suspended for the day. It is presently uncertain when operations at the cooking plant will resume, but DeYoung said the company hopes it will be at least partially operational on July 23.
While the cooking plant is temporarily closed, the remainder of the Perdue Farms facility was not affected and the facility’s processing plant and distribution center continue to be operational.
The company is evaluating the cause of the fire. A damage estimate has not yet been provided.