By: Megan Palera
The Nebraska State Fire Marsha says the fire has been determined as accidental. Fire Marshal Jim Heine says the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Heine says it started near the meat smoker.
On Wednesday afternoon, a fire broke out inside the Wahoo Locker plant. It took six departments to knock down the blaze that did some major damage to the building.
Smoke could be seen billowing for miles. Several hours after the blaze broke out at "Wahoo Locker", firefighters were still cleaning up. David Holland and three other people were working inside when it happened. He says all of a sudden he saw his boss in a panic.
"And he said he needed to get the fire extinguisher. And I'm like what do you need that for. There's one in the back and he's like we already burned through that," Holland said.
The Wahoo Fire Chief says the blaze started in the southwest corner of the building in a room where the company smokes meat. It took two hours to knock down the fire.
"It had tin on the roof and the back side of the building and its tough getting that stuff off to get to the seed of the fire and get all the hot spots put out," Chief Corey Wagner said.
A Weston firefighter was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation but is expected to be ok. Holland is counting his blessings that he and his coworkers all made it out safely from the burning building.
"The only thing that we really cared about was that all four people were outside. Like our phones and all of our car keys and everything non-valuable to us was all inside," Holland said.
The front part of the building is salvageable. Unfortunately, all the equipment in the back is a total loss.