Machinery fire at Riceland caused major damage

Machinery fire at Riceland caused major damage

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A machine fire caused major damage at Riceland Foods Inc. in Jonesboro over the weekend.

Jonesboro fire crews responded to Riceland Foods, 216 N. Gee St., around 11 p.m. Saturday night for the fire.

On Monday, the Jonesboro Fire Department indicated a machine in the bran drying building caused the fire. It was unintentional.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

Battalion Chief Tom Johnson with the Jonesboro Fire Department said fires like this one are not uncommon, but the fire Saturday night got a little out of hand.

Johnson explained crews started in an offensive position, which includes crews inside of the building but had to move to the defensive later that night.

"Interior units had to move back out as ladder units were being placed to make an attack," Johnson said. "The interior units had to move back out and we began what we call a defensive attack from the outside of the building to knock the fire down until we could make our way back inside the building."

It's unclear right now how this will effect Riceland's production, but we will continue following this story and bring you the latest information as it develops.

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