Tortilla ingredients cause fire at Mexican food factory in Gwinnett

Gwinnett County firefighters responded to a fire at Olé Mexican Foods in Norcross after dry corn flakes caught fire in a pipe.

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Crews responded to the building off Interstate 85 about 1 p.m. Dry corn, which is used to make tortillas, left in a metal standpipe on the fourth floor had ignited, according to a department release. A sprinkler system within the standpipe had gone off, and a carbon dioxide extinguishing system went off on the fifth floor. 

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Smoke was coming from the top of the six-floor building and firefighters were able to “knock down” the fire, a tactic used to reduce the size and heat of a fire so firefighters can enter a building and continue extinguishing the blaze from the inside. Firefighters found fire and heavy smoke on floors four, five and six. 

Firefighters have responded to a fire at Olé Mexican Foods in Norcross. (Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services)

About 60 firefighters responded to the incident “due to the size and complexity of the incident,” according to the release. All employees had evacuated the building before firefighters arrived, Wilson said. No injuries were reported.

Olé Mexican Foods produces items including tortillas and sopes, which are sold at many metro Atlanta grocery stores.

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