GARDEN CITY — Tyson officials say a spark from welding during maintenance is the likely cause of a fire that damaged the company’s plant in Holcomb.

Tyson representatives met Wednesday with state and other government officials to discuss Friday night’s fire, which caused extensive damage. No one was injured.

The company reaffirmed its commitment to rebuild the plant and reopen it as quickly as possible. Company officials said the fire damaged a small area but affected critical operating systems.

The company’s president and CEO, Noel White, and Steve Stouffer, president of Tyson Fresh Meats, told officials work will begin immediately on structural damage. Other repairs, particularly electrical, will likely take more time.

Man convicted in Wellington death

WELLINGTON — A Kansas man has been found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the death of a woman who was his son’s mother.

Bradley Aue had been charged with second-degree murder in the May 2018 death of 26-year-old Sierra Craft-McGee in Wellington.

A Sumner County jury on Wednesday found Aue guilty of the lesser charge.

Prosecutors allege Aue hit Craft-McGee several times and pushed her into a window, severing an artery and causing cuts throughout her body. He also didn’t obtain timely medical attention.

for the victim.

Emergency responders were unable to revive Craft-McGee, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

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