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Fire damages egg production facility in rural Grant Park

December 4, 2018

GRANT PARK — Fire destroyed two barns of an egg production facility northeast of Grant Park this morning.

Firefighters remained on scene putting out hot spots. Investigators from the Illinois Fire Marshal’s Office were on the scene.

“The farm is currently an active fire site and Grant Park Fire is still on the scene,” Brian Burch, Managing Partner of Burch Partners said. Burch helps Konos.

“We are grateful for no human losses today,” he said. “We currently are getting details from the fire department regarding the cause, but we know that two of five barns are a total loss from the fire.”

According to scanner traffic, the fire broke out some time after 2:30 a.m. at Mussman’s Back Acres Inc., 9998 N. 16000E Road. The facility is owned by Konos Inc., of Martin, Mich., according to tax records.

St. Paul Lutheran Church is about a quarter of a mile east of the facility.

The five-alarm fire brought numerous departments from throughout Kankakee Will and Grundy counties, the south Chicago suburbs and Indiana. Many supplied tanker trucks to haul water to the site.

In September 2015, Konos purchased Mussman’s Back Acre. According to a company website, the location had capacity for 350,000 hens in 2016.

They have other facilities at the company’s headquarters in Martin, Mich., and Ostego, Mich.

Konos merged with Van Buente Farms in 1987. Howard Van Buente started his company in 1946, according to the website.

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