Fire damages southern Kan. beef packing plant

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ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A south-central Kansas packing plant has been damaged by a fire that started on a conveyor belt.

The Arkansas (ar-KAN’-zuhs) City Traveler reports (http://bit.ly/19AFZCU ) the smoky blaze at Creekstone Farms Premium Beef was reported at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday. Crews from Arkansas City and Winfield took about an hour to bring it under control.

No injuries were reported, but Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe said one firefighter was checked for exposure to ammonia.

The fire broke out in a shipping and storage area. Wolfe says it’s not known what ignited the conveyor belt.

Creekstone’s human resources manager said production would be shut down Thursday in the fabrication, slaughter and ground beef operations areas.

Creekstone Farms Premium Beef processes Black Angus beef at the plant about 45 miles southeast of Wichita.

Information from: The Arkansas City (Kan.) Traveler, http://www.arkcity.net

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