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Parma onion facility destroyed in large fire

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Fire crews were still on scene early Friday, following a fire that destroyed an onion facility in Parma Thursday night.

The JC Watson Company building caught fire sometime around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to witnesses.

Firefighters from multiple agencies in the Treasure Valley responded, using ladders to fight the fire defensively from above. Crews say empty onion crates stacked about 15 feet high allowed the fire to burn extremely hot and fast.

The facility wasn't being used at the time, and investigators say nobody was inside at the time of the fire.

Fire managers though, say the biggest challenge was keeping the flames from jumping to nearby buildings.

This isn't the first time firefighters have responded to a fire here:

The same building collapsed in August 2017. Six construction workers were injured as they were working on it. Some of the workers were trapped under debris but were able to be pulled out by coworkers before emergency crews arrived.

According to OSHA, the company was fined just over $7,000 for the violations, which included employees not wearing seat belts while operating a forklift.

In 2016 the building experienced a fire as well. Which led to the rebuilding of the structure that collapsed.


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