4:31 AM EST, November 25, 2012
SOUTH BEND – Life is back to normal for some South Bend residents after they were evacuated when a fire broke out at a meat manufacturing warehouse.
It happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Plumrose USA at S. Main Street and E. Ewing Ave.
About five workers were inside at the time.
The Fire Marshall says one of the employees saw smoke coming from the roof.
Everyone got out okay.
"By the time we got out, (the fire) was pretty well involved in the engine room itself, and by that time, it was coming through the roof, and shortly thereafter, we lost power to the building," said Plumrose employee Douglas Stanage. "The power lines actually blew up."
It took firefighters about an hour to put out the fire. 12 units responded.
Crews were able to keep the blaze from spreading, but there's smoke damage to the dock area.
No chemicals leaked, but just to be safe, emergency crews evacuated people living nearby on Michigan and Main Streets. They were concerned about homeowners inhaling ammonia fumes from the warehouse.
"People that couldn't get out were told to close their doors and windows and to not exit their houses until we basically got things under control," said Fire Marshal Frederick Rodriguez.
Once firefighters put out the blaze, people were allowed back into their homes.
It's still unknown what caused the fire. No one was hurt.
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