Firefighters battle blaze at Riceland Foods in Cross County

Firefighters battle blaze at Riceland Foods in Cross County
(Source: Gray News) (Source: Gray News)

FAIR OAKS, AR (KAIT) - Firefighters from at least four departments are working to put out a fire at the Riceland Foods complex in Fair Oaks, emergency officials said.

According to Wynne Assistant Fire Chief Mike Hamrick, the fire appeared to start with soybeans in a grain dryer. Firefighters from Hickory Ridge, Wynne, Fair Oaks and Hunter are at the scene at the corner of Highways 49 and 64.

Hamrick said crews have been working on the blaze for most of the day, with firefighters getting a call around 1:30 p.m. Jan. 3 about the situation.

According to a post on the Arkansas State Fire Fighter Association/East Central District Facebook page, the fire can be a dangerous situation.

“It is believed to have caught fire from wet soybeans being taken to the silo,” the post from the group, which was also posted on the Facebook page of Milinda Houlette, noted. “The fans drying the wet beans make them become explosive.”

The post also notes that Fair Oaks is a small community and that the silos play a major role in the town.

Firefighters spent Thursday battling a blaze at the silos in Fair Oaks.
Firefighters spent Thursday battling a blaze at the silos in Fair Oaks.

“Fair Oaks is a very small community by the railroad and the silos, and that is the heart of that little town,” the post noted.

Region 8 News will have more information as events warrant.

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