Fire at Tyson Processing Plant
WALLULA, Wash. - A fire broke out Tuesday at the Tyson Fresh Meats Processing Plant. At least five different fire agencies responded and hundreds of Tyson workers were evacuated.
Fire fighters still don't know how the blaze began. But we do know the fire had something to do with an electrical transformer outside one of the buildings.
When Walla Walla fighters arrived they realized the fire was a lot bigger and much more dangerous than they originally thought, and crews called for back up. Fire fighters were trying to work around live electrical wires, and were concerned the fire would spread to a nearby shed filled with chemicals.
They said anytime you have chemical and electrical hazards, you need to take extra precaution.
"We monitor who's going in, (while) working in teams, watching out for their safety. (It's) absolutely number one in our book," said Fire Commissioner Brad Langdell, Walla Walla Fire District #5.
Fire fighters said they had the fire under control about one hour after the flames broke out. Workers waited outside for about half an hour before Tyson told them to go home. So far no one we know of was hurt, and we do not know the extent of the damage.