Fire Contained At Cedar Rapids Corn-Milling Plant

ADM, Archer Daniels Midland, corn processing plant in SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa, aerial photo looking SW to NE, with US Highway 30 running horizontally behind the plant and Red Star Yeast under construction on the right side with dirt parking lot, 5/23/20005. The new etahnol processing plant is being built (2008) on land to the south out of the frame.

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By Eric Stidman

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A fire at the Archer Daniels Midland
plant in Cedar Rapids has been contained.

A smoldering fire at the dry-milling plant was reporting just before 8 a.m. Saturday. The Cedar Rapids fire department says plant workers used chemical extinguishers to help contain the smoke coming from a decanter centrifuge, a machine used to separate liquids and solids in the corn-milling process. Firefighters then took over.

The fire department says a belt on the machine likely
overheated, causing the smoke. No injuries were reported.

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