WARD, S.C. (WJBF) – At around 2 P.M. on Thursday, the Saluda County Fire Department responded to a commercial structure fire at Valley Proteins, Inc.

“Crews have been on the scene. So, shortly after that time of working on the fire, it started in cooking unit number two, and it has moved into various parts of the plant,” said Joshua Morton, Director Saluda County EMA.

Morton says while working the fire, it spread quickly.

Multiple fire trucks were needed.

“Some of which we are trying to make sure are safe for our crews to enter. We did have a lot of heavy fire in some of those areas earlier, and so we just want to make sure before we put people in those areas that they are safe to enter,” said Morton.

Valley Proteins, Inc. is a plant that processes chicken by products.

Morton says no one was hurt or injured during the fire.

“We are having to send tankers offsite to bring in additional water for firefighter efforts, and so if people can just avoid this area for the next few hours, we would greatly appreciate it,” said Morton

It’s not clear how the fire was started.

Count on WJBF News Channel 6 as we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.