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Fire Damages Custom Meat Company

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EUGENE, Ore. — Employees at a meat packing company in Eugene are worried they could be out of a job, after a fire damaged the building Thursday morning.

Firefighters with Eugene-Springfield Fire Department say employees at the Custom Meat Company called 9-1-1 when they saw smoke and flames coming from the smoking room.

It happened just after 10 a.m. in the 2300 block of West 7th Place. Firefighters were there within five minutes and were able to contain the fire to the attic space.

Employees say they don’t know when they’ll return to work.

“Jobs are real hard right now. I’m concerned if I’m going to have a job for a while. I still have to make ends meet,” said Custom Meat Company employee Tom Busse.

“It’s not going to be for a while I don’t think. And it’s sad because you know we’re in our busy season,” said Custom Meat Company employee Shannon Hughes.

There’s no word on what caused the fire.┬áThe fire and smoke damage is estimated to exceed $200,000, officials say.

It’s unknown if the company will be open Friday.

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