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Emergency personnel blocked off many roads in the area of the Pactiv plant, which burned Wednesday morning.

As of late Thursday evening, they remained closed, with Macon-Bibb firefighters still watching for any hotspots, flares, or smoldering debris.

Local business owners noticed the change.

Friends Bar and Grill on Houston Road offers a lunch buffet to many of the employees of the employees at the plants and distribution centers around the industrial park.

Because of the fire, the normal lunch rush was non-existent Thursday.

Workers headed to places such as Timco and the airport had to find alternate routes to work and other lunch options.

The staff says they missed their friends and can't wait to welcome them back.

Some Pactiv workers told 13WMAZ they'd been given a 1-800 number to call for the latest on their jobs, but that number was not available for us to report.