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Published March 14, 2012, 06:51 PM

Moorhead packing company ravaged by afternoon fire

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The heat from the fire at Pactiv Packing solutions is so intense firefighters were forced out of the building. Right now some walls are close to collapsing, destroying the entire building.

The heat from the fire at Pactiv Packing Solutions is so intense firefighters were forced out of the building. Right now some walls are close to collapsing, destroying the entire building.

Officials now tell us that the south building at Pactiv seems to be a total loss. The concrete is cracking and the ceiling is caving in. Now, they are trying to save the plants other buildings.

Pactiv is known for making plastic commercial and food supplies. This plant makes egg cartons by drying out recycled newspapers in a natural gas oven. Firefighters continue to go in and out of the building.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office tells us the heat is just too intense to be inside for an extended period of time. The smoke can be seen for miles and will continue as they still have to open and ventilate the building.

Bill Bergquist – Clay County Sheriff: “They've asked for assistance from Fargo Fire, Dilworth Fire and Sabin Fire. It's a very large building as you can see the smoke that's billowing out it's quite intense in there.”

The department has also just called for more help from Barnesville and Glyndon. Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says the fire is nowhere close to being contained yet.

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