A “large fire” Friday night (Aug. 9, 2019) closed the Tyson Foods beef harvest facility near Garden City, Kansas.
The operations manager at the Tyson plant in Holcomb, reporting a fire in the building’s west end near the slaughter operations.
About 10 p.m. an alert from the Garden City Fire Department said the roof collapse was “imminent” as “fire has breached the roof of [the] structure.”
About 1,200 employees were at the facility, with 400 working the harvest shift. All employees were evacuated and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are unknown at this time.
Tyson’s beef processing plant at Holcomb employs about 3,300 workers, and harvests about 4,000 head per day.