DUPLIN COUNTY -

A fire broke out at a rendering plant north of Rose Hill in Duplin County Friday morning, according to Rose Hill Fire Chief Clayton Herring.

Officials said the fire was reported at 3:36 a.m. Friday at Valley Protein rendering plant. An agar (a piece of equipment) stopped working and caught on fire, according to the chief. Officials said when they arrived on scene, a production room was fully engulfed in flames

Rendering plants like Valley Protein, get rid of animal by-products and restaurant grease.

Chief Herring said the cause of the fire was a spontaneous combustion. He said no one was hurt.