August 11, 2019 / 6:28 PM / 13 days ago

Over 3,800 workers at Tyson Foods beef plant in Kansas out of work after fire

Aug 11 (Reuters) - Some 3,800 workers at a Tyson Foods Inc meat-processing plant in Kansas will be out of work after a Friday night fire that caused significant damage, but the company on Sunday said it will provide them "some guaranteed pay."

Tyson Foods spokesman Worth Sparkman said the plant would remain closed indefinitely and there were no details yet on the cause of the fire and or the extent of the damage. "It was a pretty big fire," he said.

Independent trader Dan Norcini said the cattle market could respond negatively to news of the fire, but the impact would depend on how long the plant stays closed.

A prolonged closure could force the company to move cattle designated for slaughter to another facility, which could result in additional cost.

Tyson said in a statement that it would meet with workers in shifts at the facility on Monday to answer their questions.

"We will provide some guaranteed pay," Sparkman said.

The company said no one was hurt in the fire and workers were safely evacuated around 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Sparkman had no additional details on the expected duration of the closure.

Local media reported that firefighters battled the fire through the night before getting it under control on Saturday morning. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal in Washington; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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