Wednesday night fire damages Mary Ann’s plant

WCFD?estimates $75,000 in damage

The Webster City Fire Department responded to a fire at Mary Ann’s Specialty Meats Wednesday night.

“At approximately 7:45 p.m. we were called to Mary Ann’s for fire and smoke in the roof of the building. We arrived on scene and found fire in the back part of the structure – the smoking area of the structure – and began fire tac procedures,” said Webster City Fire Chief Chuck Stansfield.

According to Stansfield, the fire originated in the back part of the East Second Street commercial structure.

“We had to make entry inside and open it up from the inside to be able to get to the rafters that were on fire inside the roof structures,” said Stansfield.

“It took approximately 20 minutes to get the fire under control then we had pretty significant overhaul to pull some of the roofing back because several of the rafters were burned all the way across the structure,” Stansfield said.

“Once we opened that up, we put water and foam concentrate to ensure that it wouldn’t relight,” he said.

“Basically the whole plant was closed down while we were in operation,” according to Stansfield. “They were able to move some of their product out of the way to keep it from being contaminated.”

The back section will be closed until they make repairs to the roof, the chief said,

Stansfield estimates the building’s contents sustained $50,000 in damages. There was an estimated $25,000 reported in property damage. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and still under investigation, according to officials.

“All the guys did a great job,” said Stansfield. “It could have gotten into the other part of the structure with open voids in the rooflines, it could have ran a lot further.”