Have some hot cocoa

Well, maybe not this hot:

A Southern Illinois cake mix facility caught fire Saturday morning after sparks from malfunctioning utilities ignited cocoa residue.

At 8:55 a.m. the Centralia Fire Department responded to a fire call at Conagra, formerly Pinnacle Foods, a manufacturing facility that makes Duncan Hines cake frosting and mixes located at 100 Calumet St.

The fire started after an electric fan in the building shorted out, shooting sparks downward onto cocoa residue-covered rafters and other surfaces, igniting small fires and creating large amounts of smoke, Centralia Fire Captain Michael Calabrese said.

I hadn’t even noticed: In June 2018, Conagra bid $8.1 billion to take over Pinnacle; the deal closed in October. Duncan Hines himself died in 1959 at seventy-nine.

(Via Fark.)

1 comment »

  1. McGehee »

    30 December 2018 · 6:51 pm

    …but I was told the fire was so delightful.

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