UPDATE 3-Tyson Boiler Room Fire Injures 2 at Nashville Plant

By Dale Gathright, Jr., 07/9/20 5:52 PM

(Photo  by John Gray-Pafford EMS)

NASHVILLE – Two employees of the Tyson Foods processing plant in Nashville were injured in an early morning fire today and taken to the Burn Unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Tyson Foods has issued an updated statement this afternoon to Hope-Prescott News:

“We’re sad to say that two of our team members were injured in an early morning fire at our Nashville, Arkansas plant. They are both in Little Rock receiving medical attention, and our hearts are with them and their families. Tyson Foods’ corporate chaplains are available to help assist the families with their needs.

We’re working with local fire departments to understand how the fire began in the boiler room, a building adjacent to the plant, early this morning. The cooking operations will be impacted until repairs can be made but much of the plant will continue to operate. Management will communicate directly to our team members about scheduling.”

Nashville Fire Chief Justin Thornton said,  “We received the call to respond to Tyson Foods for a fire in the boiler room. Upon arrival, we found the boiler room fully involved. County Line, Center Point, Mineral Springs, and Yancey Fire Departments were dispatched to assist with the fire. The fire was extinguished at about 3:40 am.”

Pafford EMS provided medic units. A cause is still being determined as the investigation continues.