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Fire Forces Evacuation of Ontario Meat Processing Plant

December 7, 2017
A Paletta International site in Burlington, ON. Image courtesy of Google Maps
A Paletta International site in Burlington, ON. Image courtesy of Google Maps

A fire broke out at a Burlington, ON meat processing plant Wednesday afternoon, prompting the evacuation of workers on site, several local news organizations reported. Officials said about half of the 15,000-sq-ft plant was destroyed by the blaze.

Fire crews responded to the site after the fire was reported at about 4:10, and eventually 40 firefighters were on scene battling the flames.

Although about 150 workers are ordinarily work at the Paletta International Corporation plant at the time the incident occured, the firm’s management told the Toronto Star that coincidentally had fewer people on site the day of the fire.

“Today, they were doing some maintenance, repairs … Thank god there wasn’t a lot of staff there today,” said Angelo Paletta, president of the company, in the Star.                                                    

Workers evacuated the facility when the fire broke out, with no injuries reported.

The Halton Regional Police told the Star that a report of ammonia fumes in the area was received, though noting that no confirmations of exposure exist yet. Some area residents were ordered to shut their windows.

Company officials said the cause of the incident remains unclear.

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