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Taylor Farms factory fire: evacuations, shelter-in-place advisory lifted in Salinas

The Taylor Farms processing plant in Salinas is a total loss after a massive fire broke out Wednesday night, prompting evacuation and shelter-in-place advisories for nearby residents. Those advisories were lifted Thursday April 14th in the afternoon.


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The Salinas Fire Department says that 85 to 90 percent of the 225,000 square foot building is a total loss.


Taylor Farms is a major agriculture company that brings many of the salad kits seen in grocery stores and is a major employer.


Making things even more dangerous during the fire were the 35,000 gallons of ammonia the facility had, an explosive chemical that forced even fire crews to evacuate the scene.


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