CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) -- A fire-damaged meatpacking plant in Cedar Rapids is being demolished even as the fire continues to smolder.
The fire at the former Farmstead Foods plant broke out on Dec. 15.
Greg Eyerly, the city's flood-recovery director, told the City Council Tuesday night that demolition crews will raze most of the plant within 45 to 60 days with the Federal Emergency Management Agency paying most of the cost.
Eyerly says the "emergency" demolition was approved by FEMA and state officials on Monday. The City Council backed the plan on Tuesday.
City officials had hoped to save the plant's signature brick smokestack, but Eyerly says it's considered a threat to collapse,
Eyerly says the early estimate to demolish the plant and clear the debris is $10 million.