Rio Fresh onion facility damaged in warehouse fire
On March 31 a structure fire significantly damaged a large portion of some of the largest fresh onion packing facilities in south Texas.
“Last night a massive fire overtook our onion packing facility," Rio Fresh Inc. said in a statement. "Our family and team are devastated over our loss, but we remain thankful.
"Our employees and family were able to evacuate the facility, and everyone made it out safely," the company said. "We thank God for this tremendous blessing. First responders came from across the valley showed up to help contain a fire that seemed to know no end. Thank you to these brave men and women who put their life on the line to do this critical work.
"We are especially grateful to our employees who showed up to help and support us," said Rio Fresh. "They stood by our side and worked tirelessly to help us salvage anything possible to minimize the damage. We would be nowhere without these faithful teammates, and we humbly thank them."
Farming families are accustomed to storms and trials. At this time, the Rio Fresh team is working with the community to identify continuation plans as it is still mid-season with a bountiful crop before it.
"We continually count our blessings and look forward to brighter days and better seasons," the company said in its statement. "Trusting God, we will put one foot in front of the other to rebuild our business — always remembering how much we have to be thankful for. Please pray for our family and employees. God is good. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8”
Rio Fresh Inc. is a third-generation family farming operation in south Texas. It grows, packs and ships a large variety of Texas-grown items, including Texas 1015 sweet onions, cabbage, kale, greens and melons.