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US food processing group ADM reports explosions at two separate plants over two days

08 January 2019

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reported explosions at two separate plants over the weekend of January 4-5, one of which resulted in the death of a firefighter and a critical injury to another.
A fire at an ADM grain facility in Clinton, Iowa, on January 5 led to an explosion that resulted in the death of 33-year-old Lt. Eric Hosette.

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Workers on site observed smouldering material in a silo storage bin within the loading facility at about 5:45 a.m. and called firefighters, ADM spokesperson Jackie Anderson told local media. Reports said an explosion occurred after fire crews arrived.

The other incident occurred on January 4 at an ADM corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois, according to the Decatur Herald & Review.

Company spokesman Jackie Anderson told the newspaper that no injuries were reported, and company officials are investigating the cause of the blast and assessing damage.

Ms. Anderson said the explosion occurred in the corn plant’s conveyor belt system.

The incidents come a little more than a month after an explosion was reported at the ADM Milling Co.’s flour mill in Calgary. No injuries were reported in that incident.

Last November, emergency personnel were called to the Decatur facility for a dust explosion and fire in a grain elevator, Powder & Bulk Solids reported. No injuries were logged during that incident.

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