Fire at Frito-Lay Plant Due to Machinery

Workers were evacuated from the plant.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

January 25, 2024

1 Min Read
Frito-Lay fire
The fire marshal is conducting an investigation on the cause of the blaze.Image courtesy of MaboHH / iStock via Getty Images

Crews were called to the Lynchburg, VA, Frito-Lay manufacturing plant around 1:50 p.m. Wednesday after machinery was reportedly on fire inside the building.

Facility staff were unable to get the fire out, according to the Lynchburg Fire Department. The plant was evacuated as a result.

Lynchburg fire crews worked for around 15 minutes to knock the fire down and contain it to the interior of one machine, authorities said. They remained on scene for around an hour and 45 minutes.

Local news NBC 10 was told the machine that caught fire was used separate oils from the snack chip manufacturing process.

The rest of the factory was unaffected aside from needing smoke ventilation, crews said.

According to the Lynchburg Fire Department, the Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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