LEWISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) — Multiple fire departments were called to the Cargill plant in Lewisburg after animal feed caught fire.
Crews were dispatched to the plant in the 6500 block of Ohio 503 near I-70 around 1:45 a.m. Monday.
Cargill produces animal feed. Firefighters said the product ignited in some of the pipes that stretch from building to building. With the potential danger of spreading, firefighters from West Alexandria, Verona, Phillipsburg, Eaton, and other departments rushed to the scene.
“We also requested a ladder truck from the city of Trotwood due to the fact of the height of one of the buildings here,” said Lewisburg Fire Chief Bob Sewert.
Workers were evacuated immediately and no employees were injured.
Firefighters doused heavy smoke and flames from the center part of the building where the feed is manufactured.
“We had to move a lot of hose up four or five stories to get to where we had to extinguish the fire,” said Sewert.
Battling intense heat, firefighters had to cut several holes in the pipes to avoid a possible explosion.
“We were fortunate that we got it stopped before it extended into another building,” stated Sewert.
Some firefighters were taken to the hospital for heat related injuries. Their injuries were minor and all are expected to recover, according to officials.
The cause and damage estimates remain under investigation.