A fire Wednesday morning on the roof of a food processing plant in upper New York state drew a mutual aid response from surrounding communities.
At about 6 a.m., the Lowville Fire Department, together with firefighters from Martinburg and Castorland responded to the Kraft Heinz plant on Utica Boulevard. The fire was reported to be in the air conditioning unit on the plant’s roof, the Lowville F.D. Facebook page states.
“Upon arrival fire units found heavy black smoke visible from the roof,” the Facebook page reports. “Flames could also be seen at this point.”
Fire units coordinated with Kraft Heinz management to quickly determine the best location for the Lowville F.D. aerial ladder to gain access to the burning portion of the roof. A second ladder truck was request from the Boonville VFD to cover both the front and back of the building.
Five fire trucks drew water from a hydrant system at the rear of the plant. Hose lines were extended to the burning air conditioning unit that was quickly extinguished.
Plant management evacuated all workers from the burning structure with no injuries.