A Tyson Foods-owned poultry meal plant in Hanceville, AL received significant damage during a fire that ignited at the site Friday afternoon, local news organizations reported.
Crews were sent to the Valley River Ingredients facility after the fire was reported at about 12:35 p.m., The Cullman Times said. The flames created a large volume of smoke.
As the response got underway, local firefighters called for assistance from 26 area fire departments, according to coverage by The Cullman Tribune. Officials told the newspaper that grease and animal by-products were apparently involved in the fire.
Reports said the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) responded to the scene to assess whether there are any environmental impacts from the fire.
“ADEM will assess the situation and respond appropriately,” the agency said in a statement to television news station WVTM, adding that it has not detected any discharges of water used to douse the flames into area waterways.
The town’s mayor, Kenneth Nail, said in an interview with CBS News affiliate WIAT that the fire resulted in “quite a bit of damage.” A plant manager told the station that no injuries have been logged.
Bought by Tyson in 2018, the facility processes poultry-by products into feed ingredients, the Times report noted.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.