On Saturday evening, crews from area fire departments responded to the report of a blaze at The Westin Packaged Meats manufacturing facility on Bacon Road in Fairbury.
Employees were working at the time the fire broke out and they were safely evacuated. Chris Goeking, Chief of the Fairbury City Fire Department, stated that no one was injured during the fire.
“We have substantial damage in the manufacturing line where they produce their products,” said Goeking. “There wasn’t much structural damage, but there is a lot of smoke damage throughout the whole building. It will be up to Fairbury Foods to do what it takes to get it cleaned up. No one was hurt. It was in production at the time and everyone got out safely, so I commend them for having a good fire safety program to get everyone out.”
Here are some photos from the scene taken and submitted by Amy Barker-Rollins:
Goeking explained that the origin of the fire is currently being investigated by the State Fire Marshall. He noted that although the firefighters faced some difficulties, they were able to get the blaze under control within 45 minutes. They remained on scene to monitor hot spots and to prevent them from flaring up.
“It was a really troublesome fire,” Goeking said. “There was a lot of equipment in the road and it was hard to get to. The guys did an excellent job getting it put out. We had everything pretty well out in 30 to 45 minutes, but we had a lot of hot spots.”
These are photos Fairbury News Now took at the scene:
Agencies that responded to the call include Fairbury City Fire Department, Fairbury Rural Fire Department, the Fairbury Police Department, the Jefferson County Ambulance, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jansen Fire Department, Plymouth Fire and Rescue, Diller Fire and Rescue, Jefferson County Emergency Management, which provided rehab support for firefighters, and Fairbury Light and Water. Goeking is grateful for everyone coming together to get the blaze under control.
“I want to thank the neighboring departments for helping us out,” said Goeking. “On a fire this size, we’ve all got to work together. None of us are big enough to be able to put something like this out, especially on a hot day like today.”