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Published September 03, 2009, 07:28 AM

Clean up continues at Cavendish

Clean up and planning for repairs continue at the Cavendish Farms potato processing plant in Jamestown. Fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. Monday in the air emissions control equipment which is located in the fryer area of the plant, company officials said.

Clean up and planning for repairs continue at the Cavendish Farms potato processing plant in Jamestown. Fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. Monday in the air emissions control equipment which is located in the fryer area of the plant, company officials said. 

“Thankfully, no one was injured and all of our employees were safely evacuated from the plant without incident. We are very grateful for the quick and professional response of the local fire departments,” said Dan Akey, director of operations. “Local firefighters quickly contained the fire and minimized the damage to the plant.”

The fire was totally extinguished by approximately 5 p.m.

“We are focused on resuming operations as soon as possible. The good news is that there does not appear to be any structural damage to the facility,” said Akey.

The investigation into the cause is ongoing and the company is cooperating fully with local authorities, he said.

The Cavendish Farms plant employs 216 people. Approximately 150 workers have been impacted as a result of the damage caused by the fire. Those employees are currently on layoff until the repairs to the fire damaged area are complete, Akey said. The company is working with local agencies to assist these laid off workers. 

“We will employ as many as feasible during the clean up and repair process,” Akey said.

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