Fire Causes $1M in Damages at Texas Packaging Plant

June 4, 2019

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Fire Causes $1M in Damages at Texas Packaging Plant
A sign marking an entrance to the Sonoco flexible packaging plant in Waco, TX. Image courtesy of Google Maps

A fire broke out early Monday morning at the Sonoco flexible packaging plant in Waco, TX that caused an estimated $1 million in damages, several local news organizations reported. About 20 workers were forced to evacuate the facility. 

Crews were called to the Texas Central Parkway facility after the fire started at about 1:45 a.m. Firefighters arriving at the facility faced several challenges in combatting the fire. The plant’s security gate had to be opened each time a new unit arrived, according to coverage by television news station KWTX, and the facility has few openings for ventilation.  

Some reports said that a machinery malfunction ignited the blaze. A written report on the fire examined by news website CenTexProud.com said the fire possibly started when solvent from a leaky pipe made contact with hot operating equipment or a spark from electronics in the facility. 

Fire personnel were at the Sonoco plant for over two hours to clear smoke from the structure, an account by ABC News affiliate KXXV said. No injuries were logged during the incident. 

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