Fire damages abandoned Gustine creamery

Merced Sun-StarFebruary 16, 2014 

— A fire broke out at an abandoned creamery Sunday morning, prompting authorities to evacuate 25 nearby homes.

No injuries were reported during the incident.

According to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jeremy Rahn, the fire was reported at 7:05 a.m. at the former Land O' Lakes facility at 240 North Ave. in Gustine. When firefighters arrived they saw heavy smoke emanating from the 100,000-square-foot plant.

Part of the structure's ceiling caved in during the blaze. Rahn said residents near the plant were evacuated because of the direction the smoke was traveling. City officials said the residents were taken to a local center.

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