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Arson suspected in blaze at state's largest beef processor

January 9, 2012 | 12:21 pm

Arson is suspected in a blaze at California's Harris Farms cattle operation, the state's largest beef processor
Arson is suspected in a blaze that destroyed 14 big-rig tractors and several trailers at California's Harris Farms cattle operation, the state's largest beef processor, the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

Fresno County Sheriff's Department investigators said the trucks in a storage yard were in flames when firefighters and deputies arrived at the Coalinga property early Sunday.

The fire, which broke out about 4 a.m., was extinguished in 45 minutes, officials said.

Mike Casey, vice president of risk management and human resources for Harris Farms, said the company doesn't expect any interruptions in its daily operations as a result of the fire.

The full cost of the damage is not known at this time, company officials told the Bee.

Harris Farms is one of the largest family-owned agribusinesses in the nation and is California's largest cattle feeder, beef processor and beef marketer.


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Photo: Cattle at the Harris Farms facility. Credit: David Hunter / For the Times