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Cavendish Farms officials to check plant after fire

Officials of Cavendish Farmers are assessing damage today after a fire at the company's potato plant near Jamestown.
/ Source: KVLY-TV

Officials of Cavendish Farmers are assessing damage today after a fire at the company's potato plant near Jamestown.

Fire Chief Jim Reuther says the blaze was reported about 1:30 yesterday afternoon. Firefighters had it under control by 6 p.m., with no injuries.

The cause is still under investigation.

Cavendish spokesman Greg Allen says more than 100 employees were working at the time of the fire. He says all got out safely.

Fire officials say the flames got into an attic area and started burning some insulation-type material, and that made it very stubborn to put out. Reuther says the big plant has extensive damage inside.

He says the smoke was so thick that volunteer firefighters who work there were disoriented.

The plant uses anhydrous ammonia and diesel in its operations but none of that leaked. As a precaution, about a dozen homes north of the plant were evacuated for several hours.

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