Fire tears through onion-packing plant; no one is injured
Posted November 24
ELBA, N.Y. — An onion-packing plant in western New York has been ravaged by a fire.
No one was injured in the fire Thursday morning at Big O Farms in Elba, about 50 miles east of Niagara Falls.
Genesee (JEN'-uh-see) County Emergency Services coordinator Tim Yaeger says a nearby deer hunter spotted smoke at the farm and alerted authorities.
Firefighters from multiple counties battled the flames. A column of smoke gushed from the warehouse-like building.
Yaeger says getting water on the fire was a challenge, with only one hydrant in the area and no sprinklers in the building. He says the building wasn't required to have them.
A company phone rang unanswered Thursday night.
Officials are investigating the cause of the blaze.