Fire Reported at National Beef In Liberal
Joe Denoyer - October 22, 2016 7:22 am
At 11:46 pm Friday Liberal firefighters were called to 1501 E. 8th St. for a reported fire on the roof of the East rendering building at National Beef Packing Co.
First arriving police and fire units reported heavy fire from a vent stack and fire inside the building involving equipment and the structure itself. Fire crews initiated an attack on the fire with multiple hand-lines at ground level inside the building as well as the aerial master stream of Ladder #14 to access the vent stack. Working closely with NBP personnel, steam from plant operations was also utilized and proved crucial in the extinguishment of the fire. Also responding on mutual aid request to provide personnel and equipment were the Seward County and Turpin Fire Departments. As a precaution until the fire could be controlled employees were evacuated by Liberal Police and Seward County Sheriff officers. The fire was declared under control at 12:55 am and employees were allowed to return to their work stations. Fire units remained on scene monitoring the fire area, completing extinguishment of smoldering materials and checking for any hidden fire extension until 2:11 am. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire and plant operations were able to resume very quickly with the exception of the immediate fire area.
Several agencies responded and operated at the scene including: Liberal Police Department, Seward County Sheriff, Seward County EMS, Seward County Fire Department and Turpin Fire Department. The Liberal Fire Department responded with a total of 18 personnel and three apparatus. Seward County Fire responded with 10 personnel and Turpin Fire responded with 5 personnel. All fire units were returned to service by 3:30 am.