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Fire destroys middle Georgia meat processing plant

October 22, 2020 GMT

WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A fire has destroyed a middle Georgia meat processing plant, and its workers may be without jobs.

WMAZ-TV reported at least 60 firefighters responded to the blaze on Wednesday at McAfee Packing Co., which makes sausage and other meat products in Wrightsville.

Firefighters were unable to get to the fire as it spread along the roofline, said Johnson County Emergency Management Agency Director Shawn Wombles.

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Ashlyn McAfee Williamson, a member of the family that owns the company, said the owners will start determining the future of the business on Thursday. She said she feared the 30 to 40 employees of McAfee, in business since 1953, will be unemployed for now. Williamson thanked customers and others for “the outpouring of love and support” they received.

One firefighter was taken to Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, Wombles said, and five or six other firefighters were treated on the scene for heat exhaustion.

Firefighters remained on the scene overnight to monitor hot spots.