AR-News: (CA) fire destroys poultry plant
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Wed Feb 4 12:22:02 EST 2004
A massive fire destroys a Canadian poultry-processing plant.
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A fire wrecked the Lilydale Poultry processing plant in Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada throwing more than 300 employees out of work. According to one
report, the fire was confined to half of the plant but the damage was
Sixty firefighters battled the blaze as temperatures have dipped well below
minus-30-degress C, not counting the wind chill, forcing crews to fight the
elements as well as huge fires. A company official said about 20 to 25
workers were in the plant when flames broke out around 5 a.m. No injuries
The blaze forced the evacuation of about 30 blocks around the south-end of
the building, while fire crews worried the flames would rupture an ammonia
tank and vats of canola oil. The fire started in the part of the plant where
oil is heated and then circulated to cook food.
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