Massive fire in Bentonville

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Update:

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – There was one minor injury in a massive fire Wednesday at a local industrial plant.

Officials say one woman was treated and released at the NW Medical Center for fire-related injuries, according to spokesperson Beth Wright.

Meanwhile, Mark Ferm, the President and CEO of United Industies, said fire alarms went off around 11:30 a.m.

“The fire started outside at the back of the lot, not inside the building,” he said.

That area is where a styrofoam product is stored.

“It [the fire] looked worse than it probably was,” he added.

An investigation is underway and Ferm said he also wants to know what started the fire and to “not speculate as to the cause.”

Ferm hopes he can enter the building in the next day or two and assess the damage and costs.

“Our goal is to minimize the disruption of business and get our employees back to work,” he continued.

He met with employees and said, “you may not be working for the next week or two, but you’re gonna keep getting paid.”

Ferm called it a “horrible accident” and said he is glad “no one got hurt.”

Original story:

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — A massive fire that could be seen for miles kept firefighters busy for hours Wednesday afternoon.

Crews were called to the scene at 1900 E. Central Ave. shortly before noon.

The address is for United Industries.

Leslee Wright with Bentonville Public Schools says kids at Washington Junior High and Apple Glen Elementary will stay inside for recess but are not evacuating at this time.

Wright also said that four schools in the area are currently without power. Those schools are Washington Jr. High, Apple Glen Elementary, Old High Middle, R.E. Baker Elementary.

LaMia Jenkins with Walmart says the MLK Building was evacuated after police directed them to.

Jenkins says The Sam Walton Development Center was not evacuated but employees can leave if they choose to.

An emergency alert for air quality was sent to some phone users saying potentially irritable smoke was moving into Rogers.

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