A fire at a sugar factory in Idaho causes $10 million in damage

PAUL – Employees at a sugar factory in Paul, about five miles north of Burley, escaped safely after it caught fire Friday evening.

The fire broke out at a shredding warehouse at Amalgamated Sugar Company around 11:30 p.m. Firefighters have not yet determined the cause, but they battled all day Saturday to contain the fire. West End Fire District Chief Jess Beaver told that the fire was finally extinguished around 10 p.m. Saturday.

Estimated damage to the building is approximately $10 million.

“While the fire caused damage to the pulp storage facility, the rest of the facility remains unaffected and will resume operations today (Sunday),” the sugar company said in a Facebook post.

West End is grateful to everyone who helped fight the fire including Rupert City Fire, Burley Fire, East End Fire, Northside Fire, Heyburn Fire, Oakley Fire, Declo Fire, Albion Fire and Emergency Response Ambulance. The Minidoka County Sheriff's Office provided drinks and snacks to firefighters on scene.

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