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5/1/07-Tyler

Fire Destroys East Texas Meat Company Plant

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An East Texas meat company goes up in flames, destroying one of it's plants.   The fire started around 10:30 p.m. Monday night in the south pant of Loggins Meat Company. The south pant, located on East Erwin in Tyler, is the company's smaller plant, employing about 20 people. Overall, Loggins Meat Company has about 400 employees.  

The Tyler Fire Department says a cleaning crew discovered the fire Monday night in one of the buildings refrigeration units.  The units, fire investigators say use ammonia, which forced them to be extra cautious.

"An ammonia leak can cause hazardous or toxic gases, and that's why we had to move every one back," said Tyler Fire Captain, Jeff Akin.  The fire department initially tried to fight the fire by going inside the building, but says the flames were too strong. Eventually, part of the roof caved in, which allowed firefighters to spray water inside.  Standing nearby, all Loggins Meat Company President, Bobby Loggins, could do was watch.

"Sickening, very sickening," said Bobby Loggins, Loggins Meat Company President. "What do you do?  We do ground beef and breaded products over here for restaurant chains, so we will just have to re-group and see where we go from here." Fortunately, Loggins says it was his south plant and not the north plant, where the company has plans to expand.

"This is the smaller of the two yes, so if one had to go I guess this is probably the best one," said Loggins. The fire department says the building is a total loss. Loggins says it's too early to know exactly how the fire will effect his company, but says the most important thing is everyone is ok.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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