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Fire Burns at Dried Milk Plant

No one was injured, but the facility suffered extensive damage.

On Tuesday afternoon, a fire broke out at the Darigold processing plant in Caldwell, Idaho.

The fire was reported around 2:30 p.m. The company says about 80 employees evacuated the facility, but no one was injured. 

However, the plant suffered extensive damage, and Darigold is currently working to reroute milk to other processing facilities. 

The Caldwell plant produces dried milk, so dust could have been an issue, according to the local fire deputy chief. 

According to the company, displaced employees will be offered temporary positions at other facilities in the area. 

The plant is located in downtown Caldwell and, with 250 to 300 workers, is one of the largest employers in the community.

The plant will remain closed during the investigation and repairs. 

Darigold is a subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association, which is owned by 350 dairy farm families in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

The company processes 10 billion pounds of milk each year and operates 11 plants throughout the Northwest.

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