Fire Shuts Down MI Snack Plant

Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 04:09 PM gHale

Workers evacuated a major snack maker in Madison Heights, MI, Thursday night after a fire raged inside the plant, officials said.

Over 60 workers evacuated from the Kars Nuts plant at 7:30 pm, after flames broke out in a room where they wash products.

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Firefighters had to clear heavy smoke from the plant, before they could assess the damage. The factory employs 200 workers.

Five fire departments were on hand to help out.

About 200 employees work there on three different shifts, but it’s unclear how long operations will be suspended by last night’s fire.

A statement from the company says all of the equipment is in working order, and production is expected to resume early next week.

“Our full workforce is here today and will be through the weekend cleaning all of our equipment, just to ensure it is completely safe before resuming production,” the statement said. “We are working closely with health officials to ensure compliance every step of the way. The safety and quality of our products is our highest priority.”

A cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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