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Jennie-O Shavings Plant a total loss after fire

Jennie-O Shavings Plant in Long Prairie, Minn., was destroyed by fire last week.

The Jennie-O Shavings Plant in Long Prairie, Minn., was destroyed by fire last week.

Long Prairie Fire Department chief Jim Kreemer reported that the call about the fire came in about 10:30 a.m.

The building was filled with sawdust shavings and hollowed sunflower shells that are used for bedding in turkey barns.

Firefighters said the plant’s contents made it challenging to put out the fire, which took six hours and three fire departments to extinguish.

Local media reported that a track hoe was used to pull the tin off of the building. Firefighters also used two bulldozers to move the product around so the fire could be put out. A semi-truck was inside the building unloading hollowed sunflower shells at the time of the fire but was able to be moved before the building was engulfed.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but initial thoughts are that it may have been an electrical fire that started in the attic of the 80 ft. x 80 ft. building.

Jennie-O Turkey Store, based in Willmar, Minn., is a brand of Hormel Foods. A recognized leader in the turkey industry for 70-plus years, Jennie-O has nearly 7,000 employees and more than 1,500 products that are distributed in 27 countries.

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