Despite the fire on Thursday afternoon, operations at the Thunder Creek Pork Plant are expected to be back to full production by Monday.
“Monday we’ll have both kill and cut running at the same time,” said plant manager Kaye Kronebusch.
None of the plant's 190 employees were injured in the fire.
Kronebusch said there was minimal damage to the plant, and on Friday there was normal production with the fabrication floor operating. He said the plant would be killing hogs on Saturday before returning to full production on Monday.
Fire prevention officer Mike Gorgichuk said the fire originated near a pig-searing machine inside the pig barn at the back of the building.
“It’s a gas-fired appliance,” said Gorgichuk. “They tried to put it out. When the extinguishers weren’t able they called us.”
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