A fire in a an abandoned meat packing plant has kept Pueblo Firefighters busy. The fire was first reported on Sunday night, December 30, 2012. The fire became well involved in the multiple stories of the cold storage area of the old Alpha Beta Meat Packing Plant on Sante Fe Avenue in Pueblo, Colorado. Nearby Interstate 25 was closed for some time due to the fire and smoke coming from the incident. Putting the fire completely out has been quite challenging due to an 8 inch thick layer of cork that insulates the walls of that cold storage area. After 2 days of working on this fire, firefighters continue to respond to flare-ups coming out of the cold storage area. I met up with Captain Hammond, Truck 1, Rescue 1, and Engine 5, as they just completed a good knockdown on a flare-up of the upper story of the cold storage area on Tuesday night. Pueblo Fire Department will continually monitor the abandoned building until the fire is completely out. See the location on Google Maps at: http://goo.gl/maps/lkyVy
The cause of the fire in under investigation. The abandoned building is known to be occupied by homeless people at times.