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Published October 06, 2009, 09:10 AM

Fire damages pork plant in northwest Iowa

HOSPERS, Iowa - Officials say a fire at a pork processing plant in Hospers in northwest Iowa was apparently caused by an electrical problem.

By: AP wire report, West Central Tribune, The Associated Press

HOSPERS, Iowa - Officials say a fire at a pork processing plant in Hospers in northwest Iowa was apparently caused by an electrical problem.

Fire Chief John Schwartz says the fire at Iowa Premium Pork broke out Sunday morning in the center of the building in one of the coolers.

No one was inside the plant at the time, and no injuries were reported.

The plant has about 170 employees, and they were told not to come to work on Monday.

Company officials say they feared the plant would be shut down for several weeks, but spokesman Bart Bickley says he hopes employees will return in the next few days.

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