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Employees unsure about jobs after massive plant fire

(WMC-TV) - Hundreds of workers are wondering when they will get back on the job after a massive fire shut down Cross County, Arkansas' largest employer.

The fire happened Tuesday night at the Mueller Copper Plant in Wynne, Arkansas.

Approximately 170 employees have been notified of an indefinite layoff at the plant.

It appeared to be business as usual at the plant Wednesday, except for the building where the fire broke out.

Employees said they do not know when they will be able to get back to work.

"I pray for them," said former employee Tyler Ball.  "Hope they can find a job because it ain't easy finding a job.  The economy is so bad right now.  I just hope the best for them.  I've known most of these people my whole life."

Winton Scarlett has worked at the plant for almost 35 years.  He said the safety of employees has always been a top priority.

Scarlett said several years ago, another building in the facility caught fire and employees had to be evacuated.  He said he never expected anything this big to happen.

"Pre charge caught fire," said Scarlett.  "There was a lot of water in it and stuff like that."

The company released a statement, saying, "The safety of the employees were protected as a result of the swift implementation of building evacuation protocols and the rapid response by emergency personnel in Wynne and the surrounding area."

Mueller Industries employs nearly 400 workers in Cross County.

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