Fire rips through Upstate NY onion-packing plant that lacked sprinklers

On November 24, 2016 at 10:29 PM, updated November 25, 2016 at 6:23 AM
 
ELBA, N.Y. — An onion-packing plant in Western New York was ravaged by a fire Thursday morning.

No one was injured in the fire at Big O Farms in Elba, about 50 miles east of Niagara Falls.

Officials said the facility is a total loss, WKBW-TV reported.

A nearby deer hunter spotted smoke at the farm and alerted authorities, Genesee County Emergency Services coordinator Tim Yaeger said.

Firefighters from multiple counties battled the flames. A column of smoke gushed from the warehouse-like building.

Getting water on the fire was a challenge, with only one hydrant in the area and no sprinklers in the building, Yaeger said. He said the building wasn't required to have them.

A company phone rang unanswered Thursday night.

Officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.


Source: http://www.newyorkupstate.com/news/2016/11/fire_destroys_upstate_ny_onion-packing_plant_that_lacked_sprinklers.html

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