MCLEAN CO., Ky. (WFIE) - In McLean County, fire investigators are trying to determine what started a fire that damaged a meat processing company.
It broke out around 7 Tuesday morning at Beef and Bacon Custom Processing off McGee Chapel Road in Calhoun.
“Our son Wes came to work and smelled smoke, or gas, I’m sorry," said Tom West, the owner’s stepfather.
The owner of Beef and Bacon Custom Processing, Wesley Spuirrer, says when he arrived at work, he knew something was wrong.
“He went and turned the gas off and came back, and it just went up," West said.
Spurrier says when he went back into the building, he flipped on a light switch, and that’s when he thinks the fire started.
McLean County, Sebree and Robards fire departments worked together to put out the flames.
“We come in, fought the fire, and put it out," said McLean County Fire Chief Mark Badertscher. "It’s probably a lot of beef and meat that’s gonna be lost in this, but the USDA will determine that.”
The owner says he believes there is extensive damage to the building and meat inside. It has not been determined yet if the building is a total loss.
“It could’ve been a lot worse," West said. "Of course, he’s worried about his employees, what we’re gonna do, but as I said, it’s a process that you have to go through, and you say your prayers, and you thank God that no one else was hurt.”
The owner suffered minor burns in the fire. He was checked out by EMS and is expected to be okay.
The state fire marshall will be assessing the building to determine the cause of the fire.