Fire damages deer processing plant
ALMONT — An overnight fire has heavily damaged a deer processing plant that's known for its meat market.
The fire began late Thursday at the Country Smokehouse in Lapeer County's Almont Township and spread quickly through the business.
Firefighters from six departments extinguished the fire in about two hours.
Business owner Steve Francis told WWJ AM he plans to re-build, saying that "30 years of our lives is tied up in this business."
The business is Michigan's largest deer processing facility and is known for the jerky and sausages sold at its meat market. The fire occurred just after the start of deer hunting season, the station reports.
Officials said the fire doesn't appear suspicious. The Fire Marshall will investigate the cause of the fire at business, WXYZ TV reports.