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Fire burns for hours at processing plant

Bethany, N.Y. - A massive fire at Baskin Livestock started about 11 p.m. Thursday.

It took more than 200 firefighters almost four hours to get the flames under control. Crews hauled in tanker after tanker of water for the firefighters at the plant which processes food for horses, cows and dogs.

Supplies, including food bags, paper and tractor trailers fueled the fire for hours.

"When you put dust and metal parts together, you can have issues and when you have issues, those issues generally take off a lot faster than us from bed at 11:30 at night," said Bethany Assistant Fire Chief

John Szymkowiak. "As always, out here in the country, lack of water played a role in the knock down."

Some parts of the farm are destroyed; others just badly burned. The damage is not yet fully assessed.

No injuries have been reported.

Investigators are still trying to figure out how this fire started.

Nearly every fire crew in Genesee County plus many from Livingston, Wyoming Orleans counties helped fight the fire.

 
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