Afire was discovered in a pulp warehouse in Amalgamated Sugar’s Twin Falls, Idaho, location around 8 p.m. Mountain Time on March 27.
There were no employees in the structure at the time and there were no injuries.
Firefighters arrived on the scene and battled the fire until the next morning. Due to high winds in the area, a fire truck and crew remained on site until Sunday evening to monitor the structure.
“At this point, we are still assessing the damages to the structure,” said Jessica Anderson, public affairs manager for Amalgamated Sugar Company. “As well as assessing any feed product loss. We are working with our customers to make sure there is not an interruption in their feed product supply for their livestock.”
All of the sugarbeets that were going to be sliced at the Twin Falls factory, which only had a few days left of their slicing campaign, are being transported to the Mini-Cassia facility and will be processed there.
“We don’t see any delay in getting all of those beets sliced and getting that sugar granulated,” said Anderson.
An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the fire.
By nature, sugarbeet pulp is a very combustible product.
The Twin Falls Fire Department extinguished the fire with the aid of the Jerome City Fire Department, Filer Fire & Rescue, Buhl Fire Department, Rock Creek Fire Protection District, Rock Creek Quick Response, Magic Valley Paramedics, Twin Falls Police Department, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Department, and Declo Fire Department.
Amalgamated Sugar’s Twin Falls factory was constructed in 1916 and is the company’s oldest factory still in operation.