Arson suspected at Calif.'s biggest beef processor

January 9, 2012 - 9:35 AM

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 (http://bit.ly/yM3sDo ) 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.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com