Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas said all Darigold employees were able to exit the building when the blaze started.
CALDWELL, Idaho – Editor’s Note: The video above includes a phone interview with the Mayor of Caldwell, Garret Nancolas.
Firefighters remained on site overnight after extinguishing a five-alarm fire at the Darigold factory in downtown Caldwell.
The fire was reported at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Albany Street plant. The cause of the fire is not known at this time.
Caldwell Fire worked with fire departments in surrounding towns to tackle the flames.
“We took a defensive approach,” Caldwell Fire Marshal Alan Perry said. “Responsibility for everyone inside was surrendered and we carried out suppression operations from there.”
Everyone came out unharmed and no employees were injured in the blaze, according to Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas.
“Well all I know the most important part is that all the employees got out safely,” he said in a live interview with KTVB. “This is the most important question for us at the moment. We are obviously very, very worried about them, their business.”
The Darigold factory employs many people and forms a large part of the Caldwell community.
“Darigold is one of those old businesses that we have in Caldwell,” Nancolas said. “He’s been here and been a part of our community for decades. “
Darigold officials say the factory was damaged by the fire. With holes visible in the structure among other exterior destruction caused by the flames, teams are also assessing other damage to the building.
“It’s a 1930s build,” Perry said. “The exterior is mostly what you see, brick and masonry with wood floors inside and old wood construction. I guess there’s probably not much left.”
Darigold workers will be granted temporary reassignments to nearby facilities while repairs are being made.
“Our hearts go out to our farmer-owners who depend on this plant for their livelihood,” Darigold wrote. “We are doing everything possible to redirect their milk to other facilities and are exploring other ways to support our members until the plant reopens.”