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The incident in Wallace, North Carolina, could leave the poultry plant closed for months.

TEACHEY, N.C. – A fire at House of Raeford Farms Inc.’s Wallace poultry processing plant on Feb. 25 caused one injury to a first responder and left extensive damage to the plant that is expected to keep the facility closed for months, according to a company official.

The company said in a statement that plant managers and emergency response teams in the area quickly secured the scene, ensured everyone’s safety and worked together to control the fire.

The Johnson and Beasley families who own the House Raeford Farms released the following statement:

“The families wish to express their deep and renewed commitment to the Wallace/Rose Hill community, and the many men and women who have worked and continue to work for House of Raeford at this facility. The family fully intends to rebuild operations in the Wallace area as soon as possible.”

There was no production at the plant at the time the fire was reported. The company also announced the 675 employees at the plant, which spans approximately 95,500 sq. ft., will continue to receive their regular pay as investigators look into the cause and damage caused by the blaze.

House of Raeford Farms operates eight plants in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Louisiana.