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Smoke drifts from an ethanol plant near Fergus Falls, Minn., on Monday, March 10, 2014. (Michael Vosburg / The Forum)

Fire breaks out at Fergus Falls ethanol plant

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - Fire crews responded late Monday afternoon to a fire at an ethanol plant in Fergus Falls.

The Fergus Falls Fire Department received an initial report of a fire in the dryer building of the Green Plains Renewable Energy plant shortly before 4:30 p.m., said Fergus Falls Fire Chief Mark Hovland. When they arrived on scene, Hovland said there was an explosion. No one was injured in the fire or subsequent explosion.

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There were only seven employees working in the plant at the time of the fire, said General Manager Anthony Hicks. During normal hours between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. there are usually 20-25 employees working, Hicks said, but most had already gone home for the day.

Hovland said it was too early to determine the cause of the fire.

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