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Published November 29, 2013, 06:31 PM

Black Friday blaze at Moorhead’s Consolidated Container

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - While many of us were finishing up our early shopping sprees, Black Friday brought dark smoke and fierce flames to a business in Moorhead.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - While many of us were finishing up our early shopping sprees, Black Friday brought dark smoke and fierce flames to a business in Moorhead.

That's where fire crews spent much of the morning battling a blaze at Consolidated Container.

Jeff DeGeldere- Plant Operations Manager: “Just another normal day at work.”

Consolidated Container employees spent the morning huddled in the cold, rather than producing plastic products for companies like Cass Clay, after smoke alarms sounded in the midst of productivity.

DeGeldere: “All the people in the plant are trained. When those go off, they know what to do; where to look.”

On this Black Friday, all eyes pointed to a dark cloud bellowing from one area of the building.

DeGeldere: “Looked down in our maintenance shop and there was a lot of smoke.”

Within five minutes, help was on the way.

Greg Doeden- Moorhead Asst. Fire Chief: “Alarms were sounding. We pulled up.”

Fire crews immediately began battling the blaze, focusing their efforts on the shop area.

Doeden: “We were able to gain entrance in there; get a crew in there.”

On top of heavy smoke and flames, Moorhead fire crews found a lot of combustibles inside the building and had to call in help from Fargo.

Doeden: “They do a lot of cutting and welding in that area; oxy acetylene types of stuff. We were able to get a crew in there and got the fire knocked down.”

The fire eventually made its way up to the roof; but once firemen got it under control, they could concentrate on hotspots and begin assessing the damage.

Doeden: “In the shop area, it looks like moderate smoke damage. Production areas look pretty good.”

And although this isn't the ideal way to start the holiday season…

DeGeldere: “Thankful everyone got out after Thanksgiving I guess.”

…And lucky they could still return to work to round out the day.

Firefighters say they have an idea of the cause, but are not yet able to confirm it.

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