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Some House of Raeford production workers set to return to work Sunday

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TEACHEY, Duplin County - The first group of production employees displaced by last weekend's fire at a House of Raeford Farms' Wallace Plant are expected to begin work in Rose Hill Sunday.

More than 650 people were unsure whether they would still have jobs after the fire, which started in the plant's de-boning room, tore through the facility.

The incident happened shortly after 11 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the company's Wallace plant located at 253 Butterball Rd. in Teachey.vMore than 20 fire departments from Sampson, Duplin, Onslow, Pender, Jones, and New Hanover counties battled well into the next day to put the fire out.

No one was injured in the fire, because the plant was closed for the weekend. The only person on the premises was a security guard, who called authorities about the fire.

Teachey Fire Chief Richard William, whose been at the department for almost 30 years said it was probably the biggest fire he has been called out to.

According to a statement from House of Raeford, the plant will be closed until further notice. In the meantime, workers were instructed to resume at the Rose Hill facility.

Some employees, mostly managers, supervisors and lead line personal, were the first to resume work at the company's facility in Rose Hill last Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, to prepare the ground for production staff scheduled to report to work Sunday.

The company continued to pay all of its workers despite the fire.

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