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Fire destroys packing plant near Sacramento

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Blaze causes damage to packing house, cold storage rooms
  • Facilities 'probably a total loss'
  • No employees were at the plant when fire broke out
RELATED TOPICS
  • California

(CNN) -- A major fire broke out late Friday at the packing plant of a gourmet fruit company north of Sacramento, California, the company said.

The fire caused extensive damage to the packing house and cold storage rooms, which are "probably a total loss," said Robert Boggess, general counsel for Oregon-based Naumes Inc.

There were no injuries and no employees at the plant when the fire broke out shortly after 8 p.m. (11 p.m. ET), he said.

The destroyed rooms contained packing supplies, trays and wrapping papers that were going to be used to ship pears from the harvest in August, Boggess said.

"This is a devastating blow for Naumes and its employees who work in the packing house," he said. "We will do everything we can to restore jobs and return to the fruit business as soon as possible."

Boggess and the owners of Naumes plan to travel to California on Saturday, he said.

Naumes sells fruit gift boxes and other gourmet food items. It also grows apples, cherries and specialty fruit like persimmons at its 21 farms in Washington, California and Oregon, the company says.

The 100-year-old company is run by the founder's grandson and his wife, Mike and Laura Naumes.

CNN's Divina Mims contributed to this report.