A fire in Kings County damaged two walnut dehydrators, ruining several tons of nuts and causing millions of dollars in damage Thursday.
Assistant Kings County Fire Chief Rick Smith said the fire broke out about 8 p.m. at a walnut dehydrator plant on the 9500 block of Excelsior Avenue north of Hanford.
Two walnut dehydrators were about 10 feet from each other, but the larger dehydrator was about 50 percent damaged by the fire and collapsed. Firefighters worked to prevent further damage to the second dehydrator, Smith said.
The fire was contained by 11 p.m. Thursday with about $4 million to $5 million in damage to the larger dehydrator. The smaller dehydrator had around $3 million in damage, Smith said.
Smith estimated several tons of walnuts were lost.
About 40 firefighters responded to the fire from the Lemoore and Laton fire departments as well as county units from Kings, Fresno and Tulare counties, Smith said.
The cause of the fire was not determined Thursday night.