No, mountains of newly popped popcorn weren’t piled up at a popcorn factory Sunday after the facility was hit by an electrical fire.
And while popcorn lovers may imagine artillery-like explosions as millions of corn kernels popped, the reality wasn’t as exciting.
In fact, 21 firefighters with the aid of an overhead helicopter rushed to the scene and managed to keep losses only to about $10,000 in the $2 million plant, according to authorities.
The blaze at Fasttrak Foods, LLC at 45585 Commerce St. in the desert city of Indio was reported Saturday afternoon, according to Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department.
“The first arriving engine company reported light smoke inside a 500,000 sq. ft. commercial structure used for manufacturing popcorn,” Hagemann said.
No injuries were reported. The business, according to credit reporting companies, opened in 2015, makes popcorn and popcorn supplies and employs 25 people.
— Staff and wire reports
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