Mountaire fire leaves operations ‘minimally impacted’

One employee receives minor injuries when fire starts in office building of grain facility.

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The office building at a Mountaire Farms grain facility was the scene of a fire that caused minor injuries to one employee.

According to a spokesperson for Mountaire, the fire broke out on the morning of December 18 in the office building that is part of the company’s grain elevator operation in Wye Mills, Maryland.

One employee was inside the building at the time, and although Mountaire described the injuries she sustained as “minor,” she was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital “out of an abundance of caution” for further evaluation.

The origin of the fire has not yet been determined, but the situation is being investigated by the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s office.

None of the grain storage containers were damaged, and the company said, “operations should be minimally impacted.”

Mountaire in November announced that it had signed a letter of intent to purchase three grain elevators on the Eastern Shore of Maryland from Nagel Farm Service. One of those was in Wye Mills, while the others were in Preston and Cordova.

Mountaire Farms Inc., based in Millsboro, Delaware, is a family-owned and operated vertically integrated poultry company founded in 1914. During the past year, the company produced 65.1 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis.

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