UPDATE: HOWARD COUNTY, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – Two people were injured in the overnight fire at the Tyson plant in Nashville, Arkansas.
Emergency crews said the fire broke out around 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning in an exterior part of the building. Fur additional fire departments assisted Nashville with the fire, which they said was extinguished just after 3:30 a.m.
“We found that the broiler room was fully involved,” said Chief Justin Thornton, Nashville Arkansas Fire Department.
“The broiler room is approximately one hundred feet away from the main plant. It is not connected to the plant. It is its own separate building. That was the only thing that was on fire.”
In a statement from Tyson Foods, they say the workers are currently receiving medical attention.
We’re sad to say that two of our team members were injured in an early morning fire at our Nashville, Arkansas plant. They are both in Little Rock receiving medical attention, and our hearts are with them and their families. Tyson Foods’ corporate chaplains are available to help assist the families with their needs.
We’re working with local fire departments to understand how the fire began in the boiler room, a building adjacent to the plant, early this morning. The cooking operations will be impacted until repairs can be made but much of the plant will continue to operate. Management will communicate directly to our team members about scheduling.Worth Sparkman
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
ORIGINAL STORY: HOWARD COUNTY, Arkansas (KTAL/KMSS) – The Howard County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that there was a fire at the Tyson Chicken plant in Nashville, Arkansas.
The fire began around 3 a.m. Thursday.
According to Tyson Foods HR Manager Tem Gunter, the cookroom at the Nashville Tyson plant will not run its first or second shifts today. Gunter did say that sanitation will operate on normal schedule.
We have a crew at the scene to gather more information and will bring you updates as they become available.