Fire breaks out at pork plant

Joel van der Veen
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Members of the Moose Jaw Fire Department attend to a fire at the Thunder Creek Pork plant on South Hill on Thursday afternoon.

Employees of the Thunder Creek Pork plant were evacuated on Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out at the South Hill facility.

The alarm was raised around 1:30 p.m. Three engines on the Moose Jaw Fire Department quickly arrived on the scene, as well as police and EMS.

Sgt. Terry Phillips of the Moose Jaw Police Service said there were no injuries reported.

“Everybody’s out, everybody’s all fine,” he said, adding that the cause was as yet undetermined. “They don’t know yet, but it’s not considered suspicious.”

Fire prevention officer Mike Gorgichuk said 10 members of the Moose Jaw Fire Department responded immediately to the call, with more following afterward.

“Right now, it looks like they’re making good progress,” he said, adding that because of the layout of the plant, it was hard to predict how long it would take them to extinguish the fire.

Icy surfaces around the plant complicated the situation, as firefighters worked to put the fire under control.

Grey smoke billowed out of the plant, while employees, many wearing hard hats and lab coats, were seen gathering outside.

Plant manager Kaye Kronebusch declined to comment at the scene. Police reported that a total of 190 people are employed at the plant.

For further details, check out Friday's edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Fire Department, Moose Jaw Police Service

Geographic location: South Hill

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