Arson suspected at Calif.'s biggest beef processor

By the Associated Press | January 9, 2012 | 8:35 AM EST

COALINGA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators say arson is suspected in a blaze that destroyed 14 big-rig tractors and several trailers at California's Harris Farms cattle operation, the state's largest cattle feeder, beef processor and beef marketer.

Fresno County sheriff's investigators say the trucks in a storage yard were burning when firefighters and deputies arrived at the Coalinga property early Sunday at Interstate 5 and State Route 145.

The Fresno Bee ( ) reports the fire was extinguished in 45 minutes.

A Harris Farms spokesman didn't have a damage figure.

The company says it doesn't expect any disruption in operations.


Information from: The Fresno Bee,