MORGANFIELD, Ky.— Authorities in western Kentucky say a group of children set a fire that destroyed a popcorn factory near Morganfield.
WFIE-TV (http://bit.ly/JT30VG ) in Evansville, Ind., reported the fire broke out around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and witnesses told Union County Sheriff's deputies they saw four or five minors running from behind the Uncle Mark's Popcorn plant just before the flames erupted, destroying the plant and exploding several propane tanks.
Deputies interviewed the youngsters and determined they had set a small fire behind the plant. It wasn't clear whether they intended to burn the building.
Five nearby mobile homes were evacuated until early Thursday. One woman was treated for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.
The plant made flavored popcorn that was sold in tins at retail stores during the Christmas season.
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