ADM explosion kills Clinton firefighter

An image of the Clinton Terminal from ADM's webpage. The company describes the facility as...
An image of the Clinton Terminal from ADM's webpage. The company describes the facility as being capable of bulk material handling, housing a dry bulk barge dock, plus ground and covered storage. (Courtesy: ADM)(KCRG)
Published: Jan. 5, 2019 at 3:57 PM CST
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A fire and explosion killed a firefighter in Clinton, Saturday morning.

It happened at ADM Grain located on 1811 South 4th Street.

The global food processing and commodities company told sister station KWQC a fire was discovered in the silo storage bins at its Clinton loading facility. As fire crews were working to knock down the flames, an explosion rocked the property.

According to officials, one firefighter was killed, another injured.

In a statement, the company said it's sending thoughts and prayers to the families of the brave firefighters.

“They put their lives in danger every day, and it's hard to express how much we appreciate their selfless help in a time of need," read the statement. "We greatly appreciate the quick response, bravery and dedication of all of the emergency responders today. We are deeply saddened at the turn of events.”

Following the death, other area fire departments are posting condolences online, including the Rock Island Fire Department.

"Please pray for the members of the Clinton Fire Department and their families," said the Rock Island officials in a post. "They have lost one of the own while fighting a fire this morning."

Our thoughts and prayers to the families and all those involved.

Posted by Johnson County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, January 5, 2019

The name of the deceased and injured firefighters have not yet been released.

The cause of the fire and explosion are under investigation.

A press conference to update the public on the fire was scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Saturday.