2 firefighters injured in fire at Cal-Maine Foods in Rice County recovering at home

Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 7:43 PM CDT
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LYONS, Kan. (KWCH) - Update Wednesday, June 9, 2021: Both firefighters injured in last week’s fire at Cal-Maine Foods in Rice County are continuing their recoveries at home. Abe Rhodes returned home with help from members of his community.

On Tuesday, the Lyons Fire Department posted photos on its Facebook page, showing Rhodes in his home and workers outside, building railing for him to more easily get in and out while he recovers. The Lyons Fire Department said Home Lumber, in Sterling, provided materials and labor to build the railing for Rhodes.

Friday, June 4, 2021: Two firefighters were hurt Thursday night while battling a fire in Rice County.

Crews from four stations responded to the fire at Cal-Maine Foods around 11 p.m. They arrived to find two hen houses engulfed in flames.

Of the two firefighters injured, one was released from the hospital and is now at home recovering. The other had surgery Friday afternoon but is expected to be okay.

The fire was determined to be out around noon on Friday. Crews will be out over the next week monitoring the scene.

Crews battled a similar fire at the facility in November of 2019.

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