STORM LAKE – On the evening of Saturday, March 22, 2014, at approximately 7:15 p.m., the Storm Lake Fire Department responded to the Hillshire Brands Turkey Processing Plant, located at 315 Vilas Road, in reference to an automated fire alarm.
Upon arrival, the fire fighters observed heavy black smoke and flames coming from the roof of the production area. near the south side of the plant. An approximate 50′ by 50′ section of the roof burnt and collapsed into the plant.
The Storm Lake Fire Department requested assistance from three additional fire departments and over 50 fire fighters fought the fire and brought it under control in about three hours. Small spot fires continue to flare up and as of 8:00am this morning crews from the Storm Lake Fire Department remain on scene overhauling the scene and putting out the small reoccurring fires. The assisting fire departments have all cleared from the scene.
Fire, smoke, and heat have extensively damaged the facility. No damage estimate is available at this time.
The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Office will be joining the Storm Lake Fire Department in investigating the cause of the fire. It’s anticipated the investigation will require several days.
One Storm Lake Fire Fighter sustained an injury to his shoulder during the incident. He was treated and released at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center.
The Storm Lake Fire Department was assisted by the Alta Fire Department, Newell Fire Department, Sioux Rapids Fire Department, Storm Lake Police Department, Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Department, Buena Vista County Paramedics and Hillshire administration and staff.