Firefighters have been battling a corn silo fire at Sanderson Farms' Franklin grain mill location that led to the closure of a Robertson County road.
According to Franklin Fire Department Assistant Chief Rene Ferrell, first responders were called to farm located on U.S. 79 around 2 p.m. Wednesday. One of the farm's silos had caught fire on the inside, and all employees had been evacuated from the property.
No injuries have been reported, but as of Wednesday night, firefighters have not been able to get close to the silo, as there is a danger that the structure may explode. An approximate half-mile radius of the site is being kept evacuated, and U.S. 79 is closed in the area.
Williams Fire & Hazard Control, a company based in Beaumont, has sent in specialists trained to deal with this specific type of fire. These experts arrived on scene just after 10 p.m. Wednesday evening.