Quaker Oats Plant Fire Injures Worker, Causes $25K in Damages

March 17, 2017

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Quaker Oats Plant Fire Injures Worker, Causes $25K in Damages
The Quaker Oats factory in Peterborough, ON. Image courtesy Google Maps

An overheated electric motor caused a fire Thursday at the PepsiCo-owned Quaker Oats factory in Peterborough, ON, causing a blaze that left one worker with injuries and CN$25,000 in damages, several local news organizations reported.

A fire official told the Peterborough Examiner that firefighters were called to the facility at about 10:02 p.m. after the overheated electric motor caused the fire, spreading flames through machine piping.

The fire resulted in $25,000 in damages, according to the newspaper.

An employee of the Quaker Oats facility was taken to an area hospital for an assessment following the fire and first responders examined six other workers at the scene.

The Ontario town recently celebrated the 100th anniversary of an explosion and fire at a Quaker Oats factory there on Dec. 11, 1916 that killed 24 workers and caused CN$2.2 million in damages.

Click here for information about the PBS Toronto event, May 16-18, 2017

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