LAUREL, MISS. (April 11, 3 p.m. ET) — A McNeely Plastics Products Inc. warehouse was destroyed in a fire April 9.
The 50,000-square-foot warehouse, located in Laurel, Miss., served as a distribution center for wax-coated cardboard chicken boxes.
At approximately 8:45 a.m., area firefighters arrived on scene to find the warehouse completely engulfed in flames. They spent more than four hours dousing the fire, according to a news release from the Jones County Fire Council.
According to the release, the building's contents will probably continue to smolder for several days before finally burning out.
Several firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but officials believe it may have started when a forklift caught on fire. The forklift's propane cylinder then discharged or exploded, causing the fire to spread and ignite nearby pallets and plastic wrapping materials, according to the release.
McNeely, based in Clinton, Miss., manufactures film, laminations and bags. The company is a subsidiary of the Sigma Plastics Group.