Investigator: Premium Iowa Pork plant fire was 'electrical'
HOSPERS, Iowa (KTIV) - A fire that damaged a Siouxland business over the weekend is being ruled electrical.
When the news of the fire first broke, officials at Premium Iowa Pork said they feared they'd be shut down for two to four weeks. Now, Chief Operating Officer, Bart Bickley says he's optimistic they could be 'up and running in "a day or two." And, that's good news for the 170 employees that were told to not come into work on Monday.
Hospers Fire Chief John Schwartz says the fire happened Sunday morning, and broke out in the center of the building in one of the coolers. He says company officials are hoping to block off the fire damaged area and repair it while they get back to work.
Company officials say the fire happened in a 'favorable position' -- away from the processing part of the plant. And, although there was security on the property -- no one was inside when the fire broke out and there were no injuries.
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