Plant catches fire during excessive temperatures - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Plant catches fire during excessive temperatures

Posted: Updated:
MEMPHIS, TN -

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Fire ripped through the Cargill plant on President's Island Monday afternoon, as firefighters worried about more than just flames.

Firefighters deliberately spent hours on scene, calling out several dozen crews over the course of the day.  Nobody was injured, even as crews battled both the fire and the weather.

Keith Staples of the Memphis Fire Department said the fire was confined.

"We've evacuated the plant until we get the fire totally extinguished," he said.

The fire was not visible from the street, but a mixture of steam and smoke shot from the stack above.

Skyrocketing temperatures made the task even more challenging than normal for the firefighters.  While paramedics suited up and rode to the core of the problem, firefighters cooled off in the shade.

The Memphis Fire Department even called out a MATA bus for anybody who had to evacuate and needed to escape the heat to get some air conditioning.

The bus was just in case, just like the ambulances. Both were parked and ready for anything.

"We have extra people on scene to rotate the guys out," Staples said. "That limits their exposure to heat exhaustion. They can re-hydrate, check their vital signs, make sure there's no medical need there."

Firefighters ask you follow their lead and keep your cool in this excessive heat.

Fire investigators say they are still trying to figure out how and why this fire started.

Copyright 2010 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Teen killed in crash after prom

    Teen killed in crash after prom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:47:48 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - A young man's life was taken too soon. It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends. His promMore >>
    It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends.More >>
  • Woman featured on News Channel 11's Most Wanted list captured

    Woman featured on News Channel 11's Most Wanted list captured

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 12:51 PM EST2014-03-04 17:51:53 GMT
    Rebecca SpearsRebecca Spears
    A woman wanted for a failure to appear in court charge, was captured Monday.Rebecca Spears was listed as wanted by authorities for failing to appear in court on charges of driving on a suspended license and not having insurance.More >>
    A woman wanted for a failure to appear in court charge, was captured Monday.Rebecca Spears was listed as wanted by authorities for failing to appear in court on charges of driving on a suspended license and not having insurance.More >>
  • 7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:31:56 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books. Shiloh Sanders talked about the inspiration behind herMore >>
    Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books.More >>
Powered by WorldNow