Fire sweeps through McKechnie Jess abattoir

A Scottish pork processing plant has been hit by what fire and rescue services described as a ‘significant blaze’. The McKechnie Jess abattoir in Greenock, which produces a range of products including sausages, burgers, stuffings and haggis, was reported alight in the early hours of Wednesday.

Fire crews sent 30 fire fighters to the scene and parts of the A8 were closed due to clouds of smoke covering the road.

This is the second abattoir fire in recent weeks, after fire tore through a Lincolnshire abattoir on 24 February. Police have appealed for information after 30 firefighters attended the fire at Yorkshire Country Meats, operated by J&D Haworth in Skegness.

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