News reports state that the owner discovered the fire in the smokehouse, which is inside the plant. The fire spread while the owner went to get a fire extinguisher. The fire had spread to the roof when fire fighters arrived at the scene.
A retail store inside the building also was destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is believed to be accidental. Sandy Creek Farms offered fresh-frozen beef, pork, free-range chicken and pre-cooked foods for pickup or home delivery.