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Fire breaks out on cellulosic ethanol plant's property


Fire crews were called to an Emmetsburg, Iowa ethanol plant late Saturday night.

According Poet-DSN spokesperson Matt Merritt, emergency personnel responded to the fire in the main biomass stackyard shortly before 11 o'clock.

After the fire was contained, crews remained on site throughout the day to ensure no additional flare ups occur.

There were no injuries and the cause is still being investigated.

Poet-DSM's cellulosic ethanol plant which was under construction this winter, is the largest in the nation.

Merritt said Project Liberty was in the midst of going online next to an ethanol plant already in operation.

Merritt said no damage was caused to the plant itself, but the company is still trying to determine how much of the stackyard, which at full capacity contains three-weeks worth  of feedstock,  was destroyed.


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