Fire Temporarily Shutters Cargill Meat Packing Plant In Kansas

Cargill Inc's beef packing plant near Dodge City, Kansas, is expected to be closed until next week as damage is assessed from a minor fire that broke out Monday evening, a company official told Reuters.

Capt. Mark Elder with the Dodge City Fire Department told local media that the fire started around 9:00 p.m. Monday evening in the kill floor area. Fire crews spent several hours putting it out, Elder told KAKE News.

The plant was evacuated, according to fire department officials. The cause of the fire is still not known, and there were no injuries, according to the company.

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