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Semi catches fire at JBS

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Fire Department was dispatched to JBS Tuesday night for a report of a fire on the north side of the plant. According to Worthington Fire Chief Rick vonHoldt, personnel called in the fire after noticing a lot of blac...

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WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Fire Department was dispatched to JBS Tuesday night for a report of a fire on the north side of the plant.

According to Worthington Fire Chief Rick vonHoldt, personnel called in the fire after noticing a lot of black smoke coming from the building. Once firefighters arrived on the scene, they observed that the doors were closed and tried attacking the fire in different ways. At the time, they were unsure as to what was on fire inside the building.

“The flames were pretty low until we opened the doors, which added some ventilation to the fire,” vonHoldt said.
Once firefighters gained access to inside the building, they noticed that it was a semi that caught fire, and continued to fight the blaze.
“The tires, motor and frame is the only thing that is left of it, but the fire was pretty much contained in the truck,” vonHoldt said.
Since the doors were closed when the fire began, the fire was likely contained as a result.
VonHoldt said it’s unclear when the fire started and what could have caused it, but suspected that someone must have used the semi that evening.
“Whether it was an electrical problem, we’re not sure,” vonHoldt added.
The building wasn’t compromised at all, he said, but there could be some wiring issues.
The Worthington Fire Department was on the scene for about an hour and a half, and vonHoldt commended his colleagues for putting the fire out as quickly as possible. The Worthington Police Department also assisted at the scene.

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