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Silo Fire at Tyson Foods Plant in Indiana

November 11, 2019
A fire broke out at the Tyson Foods-Mexican Original plant in Portland, IN last Friday. Image courtesy of Pixabay
A fire broke out at the Tyson Foods-Mexican Original plant in Portland, IN last Friday. Image courtesy of Pixabay

Firefighters worked to douse a blaze that ignited in a fryer last Friday night at the Tyson Foods–Mexican Original plant in Portland, IN, officials told several local news organizations. Workers evacuated the plant during the incident. 

The fire started at about 7:45 p.m. and was limited to a silo at the site, Portland Fire said in a report by ABC News affiliate WPTA. 

Portland Mayor Randy Geesaman said the silo at received some damage during the fire and no injuries occurred, according to coverage by Fort Wayne’s NBC. The West Tyson Road plant manufactures tortilla chips and shells. Tyson is currently working to determine when production can resume, the mayor said. 

The cause of the fire has not been established. 

Tyson acquired the Portland plant in 2013 as part of its acquisition of Don Julio Foods. Later that year, the company announced plans to expand the facility by 117,800 sq ft and add a new corn cook system. 

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