Fire breaks out at second-largest sugar refinery in U.S.
The Domino Sugar Refinery caught fire on Thursday. Witnesses say that large flames can be seen coming from the plant.
A worker said that a sugar silo, that holds millions of gallons of the product, caught fire. The witness said he believed the fire suppression system stopped the fire from turning into an explosion.
It’s unclear what started the fire. The flames started mid-afternoon and smoke billowed from the refinery into the evening hours, Fox 8 reported.
The Domino Sugar Refinery, located near the Mississippi River, opened in 1909. It is owned by the ASR group and is the second-largest cane sugar refinery in the world.
Over 2 billion pounds of sugar cane is manufactured at the refinery every year. This location is one of three refineries where the sugar is made, the other two locations are in Baltimore and Yonkers, NY.
The facility is more than a million and a half square feet under roof and employs around 400 people, plus contractors.