Charlevoix County Man Dies After Industrial Accident at Food Processing Plant

"Accidents do happen and it’s a tragedy when they do," Burnette Foods Inc. chief operating officer John Pelizzari.

An accident at a Northern Michigan food processing plant killed a man late Monday night. 

His family says Curtis Fay’s job was to clean the machines at the Charlevoix County plant.

The industrial accident killed Fay around 11 p.m. Monday night at Burnette Foods Inc. in East Jordan.

9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Erin Malone have more details on the investigation.

"Shortly after 11 p.m. last evening we received a call from central dispatch that there had been an accident at Burnette Foods here in the City of East Jordan," East Jordan Police Department Chief Terry McDonnell said. "Our officers along with the East Jordan Fire Department responded." 

An industrial accident at Burnette Foods Inc. killed Curtis Fay.

"He was declared dead at the scene," Chief McDonnell said.

Family says Fay cleaned the machines at Burnette Foods.

Police say it happened in the mixing room, but details on what exactly happened have not been released.

"We notified the authorities immediately last night and are cooperating with them fully to find out exactly what happened and to go from there," Pelizzari said. "Today, we have investigators on site."

"The investigation between us and MIOSHA is still going on right now," Chief McDonnell said.

Fay’s family says he loved to hunt and fish and would help anyone in need.

They say he loved his daughter and family more than anything.

"These things are a horrible thing to have happen, so obviously we send out our condolences to everybody involved," Pelizzari said.

"It’s very tragic. Any time anybody loses their life, it’s a tragedy," Chief McDonnell said. "This gentleman had just gone to work like he did every day, like any of us do, and unfortunately he didn’t get to come home."  

Fay’s family is finalizing  funeral arrangements in his hometown of St. Helen.