Machine Fire Forces Evacuation of Iowa Candy Factory

April 9, 2019

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Machine Fire Forces Evacuation of Iowa Candy Factory
The Palmer Candy Company facility on Bluff Street in Sioux City, IA. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Workers were forced to evacuate the Palmer Candy Company production plant in Sioux City, IA Monday evening after a fire started in a piece of machinery inside the facility, local news organizations reported.  

The blaze started on the second floor of the Bluff Street plant at about 5 p.m. Firefighters were called to the scene and swiftly extinguished the fire.

Reports did not identify the exact type of equipment involved in the incident, but Sioux City Fire Rescue Capt. Ed Voloshen told the Sioux City Journal that it was “a piece of machinery that produces candy.” The fire official said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appears to have been caused by an electrical issue. 

No injuries were reported during the incident and the amount of damages to the structure is currently unknown. Coverage by television news station KMEG said that operations at the Palmer Candy plant were paused after the fire. 

Established in 1878, Palmer Candy is a family-owned firm that produces a variety of candy and snack products, including chocolate, hard candy, snack mixes, and specialty barks, according to its website. The company also offers contract manufacturing and private label packaging services. 

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