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Equipment Damaged in Fire at Perdue Foods Plant in NC

May 16, 2018
Perdue Foods in Rockingham, NC. Image courtesy of Google Maps
Perdue Foods in Rockingham, NC. Image courtesy of Google Maps

A fire at the Perdue Foods poultry processing plant in Rockingham, NC last Sunday morning interrupted production for at least one day, several local news organizations reported.

Crews from the Rockingham Fire Department and several other municipalities responded to the scene at about 2 a.m., arriving to find flames in one room in the plant and smoke damages to the structure, Rockingham Fire Assistant Chief Vernon McKinnon said in a report by the Richmond County Daily Journal. The fire department told local television news station WSOC that the fire caused heavy smoke.

The fire ignited in an area of the plant for cutting poultry when the plant was not operational, Perdue spokesperson Joe Frosthoffer said in the Daily Journal. Equipment on a processing line was damaged during the incident, and the company is in the process of replacing damaged machinery and sourcing parts from other Perdue plants and suppliers.

Production at the plant was halted on Monday. Frosthoffer told the newspaper that Perdue hoped to have the plant running again “as quickly as possible.” The company said the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Perdue Foods, a subsidiary of Perdue Farms, announced plans to invest $10.9 million to expand the Rockingham plant in early 2016.