A fire at a Foster Farms feed mill and another fire at the Valley Proteins portion of a Perdue Farms occurred within the past week, with the Foster Farms fire taking place on November 14 and the Valley Proteins/Perdue fire occurred on November 16.
Multiple fire departments responded to both incidents.
Foster Farms fire
Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at the Foster Farms feed mill near Aurora, Oregon, around 8 p.m. on November 14.
According to a report from the Woodburn Independent, the fire was caused when a piece of machinery overheated and caused products to catch fire. The fire was mostly limited to equipment and duct work, while causing only minimal structure time.
It took just a little more than one hour for the fire to be brought under control, and there were no injuries.
The cost to replace the malfunctioning feed mill equipment will be about $1 million, but a company spokesman told the Independent that “production will not be impacted.”
The company reportedly had technicians working on the equipment once firefighters gave them clearance to do so.
Perdue/Valley Proteins fire
On November 16, around 2 p.m., firefighters responded to the scene of a fire at a facility shared by Perdue and Valley Proteins in Accomack County, Virginia.
According to a WTKR report, a person doing contract work for Valley Proteins was doing some welding near a bulk storage tank that contained grease.
It took about an hour to bring the blaze under control. There were no injuries and emergency responders stated that the damage caused was not significant.
The facility, in December 2015, was the site of an explosion, which resulted in the collapse of a part of the building and the injury of one man, who had burns on about 60 percent of his body.