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Conocuts Cause Midnight Blaze

Mon, 08/24/2009 - 4:29am

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Mallo Cups and Smoothies won't be rolling off the Boyer Candy Co.'s production lines for a few days because of a machine fire at the plant in central Pennsylvania.

Plant supervisor Gary Himes says a coconut roasting machine caught fire about 12:25 a.m. Monday. The fire was quickly brought under control and nobody was hurt as seven employees got out of the plant safely.

But Himes says it will take a few days to clean up the mess and that normal production might not begin again until Wednesday or Thursday.

Himes says the company has some candy in stock so customers shouldn't be affected by the shut down.

Officials don't have a damage estimate. The gas-fueled machine that caught fire is about 35 years old.

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