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Fire Officials Battle Soybean Processing Plant Fire


Fire officials from six surrounding departments have been battling a structure fire off North Cochran Road in Charlotte.

The fire sparked at a soy bean processing plant around 7:30 Thursday morning and crews have been working to put it out since.

Inside the building was machinery and product. The company cleans, sorts, packs and ships soybeans around the world. The building is a hub for farmers---helping them grow their crops---and get their products to the marketplace.  It employs 48 people.

"It's a terrible loss. The amount of work we put into it, it's heartbreaking," said Robert Mansfield, co-owner of Citizens LLC.

There is no word on the amount of damage done, but the owner says he's sure it's destroyed. Officials say that fortunately, no one was hurt.
There is no word how or why the fire started.

"I think we have the capacity to rebuild, so that's my intent at this point," said Mansfield.

Despite the smoke and flames and the prospect of a damaged building and bottom line, the co-owner remains positive.

Surrounding roads were blocked off. Trains on nearby tracks were also stopped.

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