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Massive Fire At Saputo Cheese Plant

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Hinesburg, Vermont - September 29, 2008

The investigation continues into Monday night's massive blaze at the Saputo Cheese Manufacturing Plant in the village of Hinesburg.

The flames broke out after 9 p.m. and crews from all over Chittenden County responded to the scene on Route 116.

At the height of the blaze, flames towered over the facility's 100 foot silos.

20 of the companies 100 employees were inside at the time. Everyone made it out safely.

Investigators believe the fire started in the storage area of the plant. That section was destroyed. The manufacturing section sustained minimal damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but at this point investigators say it does not appear suspicious.

"Any manufacturing or processing facility like this uses a lot of different chemicals, so there is some concern that everything is intact and not involved in the fire," Hinesburg Police Chief Chris Morrell said Monday night. "It will probably take a while to sort all that out."

Company officials say it is too early to determine the fate of the plant.

The facility operates 24 hours a day making mozzarella and other cheese products.

Jack Thurston - WCAX News

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