Fire Destroys Milk Processing Plant

Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 02:06 PM gHale

Fire heavily damaged a dairy operation in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, that processes milk from farmers.

The main production facility at Blackwell Dairy was destroyed in the late-night blaze, fire officials said.

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Firefighters got the call and when they reached the scene, they were met by towering flames, heavy smoke and small explosions of gas tanks or tires as they arrived at the facility in Barnhartvale on Kamloops’ east side, said Kamloops Fire and Rescue Capt. Jeff Bell.

The fire was “ugly,” because transport trucks parked next to the building were also blazing and spilled diesel fuel created rivers of fire running down the road, Bell said.

There were no injuries in the incident and no livestock were lost. Cause of the fire has not been determined and Bell said an investigation is ongoing.

The Blackwell Dairy website said its line of milk, sour cream and cheeses is sold in communities across southern and southeastern B.C.

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