UPDATE: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Most employees at the Creekstone Farms packing plant in Arkansas City have a day off after a fire at the plant.
Only management, shipping and maintenance employees will work at the plant Thursday.
Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe says the fire Wednesday afternoon began on a conveyor belt but it's not known what started the blaze.
A firefighter was treated and released at a hospital after being exposed to ammonia fumes. No one else was injured.
Creekstone Farms processes beef at the plant about 45 miles southeast of Wichita.
UPDATE: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A fire at Creekstone Farms in Arkansas City is now under control.
The fire was reported shortly after 4:30 p.m. at 604 Goff Industrial Park Road. Nobody at the plant was hurt. However, a firefighter was taken to the hospital after possible exposure to ammonia fumes.
He has since been treated and released and was able to return to dut at the scene. Firefighters stayed out of the fire building to allow it to ventilate of ammonia and natural gas fumes.
Crews are still concerned about the ammonia levels from the plant's cooling system. Management, shipping and maintenance employees will report to work Thursday.
All other employees will not.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Emergency crews are on scene of a fire at Creekstone Farms in Arkansas City.
According to the Arkansas City Fire Department, they have an active fire working with heavy smoke showing from the business, located at 604 Goff Industrial Park Road.
No injuries have been reported.
Other information has not been made available, but KSOK Radio is reporting that Creekstone will have no production for slaughter, fabrication and ground beef on Thursday.
KAKE News has a crew on the way to the scene. Check back for updates.