Fire destroys Dakota Style chips factory

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Clark, SD The facility that produces Dakota Style chips was destroyed by a fire Sunday morning.

Clark Fire Chief Tyler Lamb says a neighbor noticed the flames and alerted the fire department around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

When fire crews arrived, the production side of the facility was completely engulfed in flames. Lamb says the Clark Fire department called in help from Henry, Bradley and Garden City Fire departments; all fire crews battled the blaze until about seven Sunday morning.

Chief Lamb said the chip production side of the facility was destroyed by the fire, but fire crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the warehouse and storage facility attached to the production building.

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. No one was inside the building when the fire started.

Dakota Style Vice President Riley Dandurand said Wednesday was the last time the chip production line ran inside the facility.

Dandurand says Dakota Style is currently working with their insurance company to assess the damage to the building. Company leaders are also discussing their options on how to move forward with chip production to fulfill the company's current orders.

The Dakota Style seeds and kernels portion of the business was not affected by the fire. The Dakota Style Chip factory is miles away from the new facility used to process seeds and kernels for the company, so production at that facility will continue as usual.

Dakota Style chips began production in the rural farm facility back in 1985 and has continued to be a major employer and icon in the Clark community.