Jennie-O Fire 090919

Firefighters from four different departments responded to a fire at the Jennie-O Turkey Factory in Barron on the morning of Sept. 9.

Firefighters and police responded to flames at the Jennie-O Turkey facility in Barron before 8 a.m. this morning.

Barron resident Ronald Lundequam said he had heard about a mill fire on his police scanner and looked out the window of his home to see green tinted smoke coming from Jennie-O.

Firefighters used ladder trucks to supply constant streams of water to the green metal structure the flames were coming from. Two exhaust stacks coming from the structure appeared damaged. 

The fire appeared to be under control by 8:45 a.m.

By 8:55 a.m. firefighters were using a saw to cut a square hole into the green metal structure to check for fire extension.

The scene was clear by 1:15 p.m., according to the Barron County Sheriff Department's Facebook page. 

Barron-Maple Fire Chief Mike Romsos called the day a gamut of everything a firefighter trains for.

Romsos commended every department that responded and said everything went well and there were no firefighter injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Jennie-O Turkey Store's parent company Hormel Foods issued the following statement to The Chronotype:

"We would like to thank the first responders who worked diligently to save the historic mill. We are thankful that there weren’t any team members injured and that the fire is now out. Our hope is that the mill can be saved as it’s been an important part of this community for many years. We are not sure what caused the fire and will be working with the local fire authorities on an investigation as soon as it is safe to do so."

Firefighters from Barron-Maple Grove, Rice Lake, Cumberland, Chetek and New Auburn responded to the scene. The Barron Police Department, Barron County Sheriff's Department and Mayo EMS were also on scene. 

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