Warehouse Fire Rotten Meat Clean Up Should Be Completed Today
Dietz and Watson says the clean up of rotting meat left behind in their warehouse after a massive fire should be complete by today
The lunch meat manufacturer tells WCAU TV that the 20 tons of product that have created a strong odor in the area around the Delanco warehouse should be all removed today.
Dietz and Waston's CEO Louis Eni says crews have taken over 300 truckloads of product to landfills and have hired a company to deal with the leftover smell. "I want them to know we understand fully what they are going through, said Eni in a statment. "Our primary concern is to get the site cleaned up."
The company has also set up a Twitter account, @DelancoCleanup, to keep residents updated on progress of the cleanup.
Warren Planker, the owner of BioTriad, a Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania company, is also overseeing the cleanup. “Our company uses an odor neutralizing blend of natural, biodegradable plant extracts diluted with water to form what we call an odor neutralizing solution," he told WCAU TV.
Flare ups at the 300,000 square foot facility on Labor Day weekend only stopped this week. They were preventing a full-scale operation clean up from getting underway and intensified the smell. Dietz and Watson says the smell, while foul, is not toxic, which many neighbors don't believe.
“I actually had to cover my face to bring my dog outside. Yes, it was that putrid,” Kathy Morgan, who lives more than a mile away in Beverly, told the television station. “It’s horrible, it’s just horrible and they are saying that it’s OK for us to breathe, but I don’t believe it.”