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Fire temporary shuts Tyson pork plant

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Friday morning fire forced the temporary closure of the Tyson Foods Inc pork plant in Logansport, Indiana, the company said.

The shutdown at the plant, which employs more than 1,900 workers and can process about 15,000 hogs a day, caused a brief drop in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures as it could lessen demand for hogs, Chicago traders said.

Firefighters had the fire under control Friday morning and there were no reports of injuries, according to the Logansport Fire Department and Tyson Foods.

"We're still investigating the cause, but can tell you the fire involved part of the roof over the slaughter area. The plant was immediately evacuated and we're thankful no one was hurt," Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said in an email.

Logansport is about 50 miles north of Indianapolis.

Tyson Foods is one of the world's largest producers of beef, pork and chicken, with nearly $27 billion in annual revenue.

News of the fire sent Chicago Mercantile Exchange hog futures lower in morning trading, CME traders said. Near midday, April hog futures were down 0.025 cent from Thursday at 73.550 cents per lb, after trading as low as 73.100.

In midday trading, Tyson Foods shares were down 36 cents, or 2 percent, at $17.14 at the New York Stock Exchange.

(Reporting by Bob Burgdorfer, Alyce Hinton, and Meredith Davis; Editing by Rebekah Kebede and Lisa Shumaker)

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