LIBERAL, Kan. (KAKE) - A southwest Kansas meatpacking plant suspended production Friday after a fire caused damage to the facility late Wednesday. 

National Beef said production at the Liberal plant will resume Monday, March 25. 

Liberal fire crews responded just before 10 p.m. Wednesday to a box trailer fire at the plant in the 1500 block of 8th Street. 

Police officers were the first to arrive on scene and relayed that multiple trailers were involved and that the fire had spread to the adjoining building as well," the City of Liberal said in a release. "Fire units arrived to find a well-advanced fire involving four box trailers and two container trailers. Also involved was the multi-story boxed beef storage and load out building."

The city said National Beef representative confirmed all employees safely exited and were accounted for. 

The Seward County Fire Department responded to assist, and the firefighting operations were conducted with interior, exterior and elevated crews "for quite some time." The city said the fire was declared under control at 1:06 a.m.
The building suffered significant damage to the exterior as well as some interior damage around the overhead doors of the loading docks. The trailers and their contents are believed to be total losses.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
National Beef provided the following updated statement Friday morning:
"At approximately 9:50 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, a trailer parked in a loading dock area at National Beef’s Liberal, Kansas facility caught fire. The fire quickly spread to other trailers and a portion of the loading dock area. The fire was extinguished before 1:00 a.m.
"The safety of our employees and others on-site is our top priority. The plant was operating at the time of the fire. Emergency services were contacted, and the plant was immediately evacuated.
"There were no injuries.
"We have suspended production for Friday, March 22. We plan to resume production on Monday, March 25.
"We are working closely with authorities to determine the cause, assess damage, and prepare for restarting production.
"We want to thank the following emergency response agencies for their quick response and support of our employees: Liberal Fire Department, Liberal Police Department, Seward County Emergency Management, Seward County EMS, and Liberal/Seward County Emergency Communication Center."