JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) -- A potato processing plant near Jamestown that was damaged by an Aug. 31 fire might reopen earlier than anticipated.

Cavendish Farms had been targeting a reopening in early October. Operations Director Dan Akey says restoration work has been going well, and the plant might reopen as early as next week.

Fire Chief Jim Reuther says officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire. He says it appears the blaze started in an area with fryers.

Akey did not have a damage estimate.

Cavendish Farms is based in New Brunswick, Canada. The Jamestown plant has about 215 workers.

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Information from: The Jamestown Sun, http://www.jamestownsun.com

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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