Fire investigators remained at a citrus packing operation in west Woodlake on Wednesday afternoon to determine what started a large fire that caused $1 million in damages to a corner of the facility.
“We haven’t left,” said Woodlake Fire Chief Anthony Perez. “We’ve been here all night. We’re in the middle of the investigation and it’s still too soon to tell” what caused the fire.
The blaze started just before 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Visalia Citrus Packing Group operation, 19743 Avenue 344. A metal structure with a roof was destroyed in the fire, not two storage buildings as originally reported. One million empty cartons and 2,000 wood pallets also burned, but no oranges, Perez said.
Three fire agencies responded including the Woodlake Fire Department, the Tulare County Fire Department and Cal Fire for a total of 50 fire personnel. No injuries were reported.
The packing house, Perez said, was up and running on Wednesday and loading trucks.