LOCAL NEWS

West Liberty Foods Reopens Just Hours After Large Fire

Oct 2, 2020, 6:11 PM | Updated: 8:24 pm

TREMONTON, Utah – When a large fire began around 6 a.m. Friday at West Liberty Foods in Tremonton, Ted Richards was worried the facility would have to shut down.

Richards is the complex manager at West Liberty Foods, which is a meat-packing plant that supplies meat to places like Subway and Costco and is one of the larger employers in Box Elder County.

“There’s 686 employees here,” said Richards. “We depend on them, they depend on us.”

Posted by KSL Outdoors Show on Friday, October 2, 2020

Fire investigators said the fire started in a building where the thermal fluid heaters, or boilers, are located.

It’s believed a mechanical issue caused the fire.

Three workers were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, and evacuations in a nearby neighborhood were lifted later in the morning.

“I’ve talked to all three of them,” said Richards. “They are home and recovering, which is great to hear.”

After the fire was put out and assessments were done, it appears damage to the processing plant was minimal. 

Half of the facility was able to reopen a few hours later, and Richards anticipated the full facility would be operational soon.

“No loss of jobs, which is outstanding,” he said. 

Damage can be seen at the West Liberty Foods plant after a fire this morning. (KSL-TV) Damage can be seen at the West Liberty Foods plant after a fire this morning. (KSL-TV) Damage can be seen at the West Liberty Foods plant after a fire this morning. (KSL-TV) Damage can be seen at the West Liberty Foods plant after a fire this morning. (KSL-TV)

The complex was specifically designed to keep those boilers in a separate building, away from the processing plant, in case what happened Friday happened. 

“It was in a cinder block building outside of the main facility,” said Richards.

After worker safety, the loss of jobs is what Tremonton Mayor Roger Fridal was worried about.

He knows how important the plant is for the area.

“That makes a big difference in a small town. That makes a huge difference,” said Fridal.

Several fire departments responded from Brigham City, Fielding and Garland. The fire was put out before more damage could be done.

“It was a prime example of what cities need to be doing,” said Fridal. “They need to be working together helping each other.”

Not only were the building and jobs saved, but Richards said workers won’t even lose any hours.

“I feel we’ve been watched over and we’ve been blessed,” said Richards. 

Not bad for how things looked Friday morning.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

The family of a teenager who died following a crash in Lehi last Saturday said his legacy is living...

Brianna Chavez

Family of 17-year-old who died after Lehi motorcycle crash say he saved lives by donating organs

The family of a teenager who died following a crash in Lehi last Saturday said his legacy is living on after his organs were donated to several people.

17 minutes ago

Salt Lake City police say two people have died in a workplace shooting Sunday afternoon. (Salt Lake...

Mark Jones

Two people dead in a workplace shooting, Salt Lake City police say

Salt Lake City police said two people have died in a workplace shooting Sunday afternoon.

2 hours ago

...

Mark Jones

A Code Blue alert issued in Salt Lake County for Sunday night

A Code Blue alert has been issued for Salt Lake County for Sunday night as temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s.

2 hours ago

Singer and Actress Kristin Chenoweth, right, and Mary-Mitchell Campbell perform during RootsTech at...

Collin Leonard, KSL.com

RootsTech: A ‘wicked’ Broadway finale, plus message from late church Apostle M. Russell Ballard

On the final day of the RootsTech 2024 conference, attendees braved a windstorm to listen to Broadway actor Kristin Chenoweth speak about faith, family and her experience as an adopted child.

4 hours ago

Show in Smithfield...

Mary Culbertson

Winter storm alert still active for central and northern Utah, caution advised

Utah saw the forces of dangerous winds on Saturday, but meteorologists say the caution should continue into Sunday.

5 hours ago

lights on top of a police vehicle in the dark...

Mary Culbertson

1 teen critical after gun fired in McDonald’s parking lot

One teenager is in critical condition after a gun went off inside a car, hitting the teen.

8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

West Liberty Foods Reopens Just Hours After Large Fire