Slaughterhouse catches fire in Nash County; firefighter injured, all hogs survive

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BAILEY, N.C. (WNCN) – Multiple fire departments responded to a slaughterhouse fire Wednesday morning in Bailey.

Nash County officials said a call about the fire came in just after 9 a.m. concerning the fire at 3571 Friday Rd. The location is Custom Quality Packers, which is a slaughterhouse and food packing business.

Thirteen fire departments and approximately 75 firefighters responded to the scene, including crews from Nash, Wilson, and Franklin counties, officials told CBS 17.

According to officials, the plant was up and operational this morning. They were doing processing and noticed smoke before workers — roughly 20 on-site at the time — evacuated the building.

All the hogs inside the building were removed and all are safe, according to officials. There were about 100 and they had to be transported to another facility.

As of 12:20 p.m., crews were still fighting the fire. Due to the extreme heat, the firefighters have been rotating shifts battling the flames. One firefighter was transported to a hospital for treatment of an injury. Officials said they believe the firefighter was suffering from heat exhaustion.

“With everything that’s going on, it takes a group of folks to manage a scene like this,” said deputy fire marshal John Frazier with Nash County Emergency Services. “Our number one job is to make sure we take care of life, property, and when we talk about life, we also put animals into that life.”

There’s no word yet on where or how the fire started.

Custom Quality Packers released a statement following the fire that read:

Custom Quality Packers is grateful that all employees are safe and no animals were lost after a fire broke out in our Bailey, N.C., pork processing facility on Wednesday, July 22.

Authorities responded quickly after employees notice the fire about 9 a.m. We are thankful for the rapid response and professionalism of many first responders. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

We have identified and remain focused on immediate solutions for our customers and business partners, whose support at this time has been incredible.

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