Crews continue to work to contain meat-packing plant fire

Holcomb, KAN. (KAKE) -

A fire continues to burn at a meat-processing plant hours after it started late Friday night in western Kansas. Crews are working to get it fully contained. The plant will remain closed indefinitely.

Fire broke out around 8 p.m. Friday at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Holcomb. As of 8 a.m. Saturday, the fire has been contained to the area where it started. Approximately 1,200 workers were evacuated and no people were hurt, Garden City officials said.

Investigators do not know the extent of the damage, but there is a partial roof collapse in the area of where the fire started.

Tyson foods issued a statement early Saturday, saying "We safely evacuated workers about 8:30 p.m. Friday night from our beef plant near Holcomb due to a fire that started in the box shop. We have had no reports of injuries. The plant will be down indefinitely until we can assess the damage. We will soon be notifying our team members about informational meetings."

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