Cigarette Starts Fire at Cargill Plant in Iowa

October 24, 2018

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Cigarette Starts Fire at Cargill Plant in Iowa
The Cargill plant in Sioux City, IA. Image courtesy of Google Maps

A cigarette appears to be the cause of a fire Tuesday at the Cargill plant in Sioux City, IA, local news organizations reported. The blaze ignited in an ashtray on the exterior of the facility and spread to a bench, causing significant smoke damage to the building. 

An employee spotted smoke at the Clark St. facility at about 6 p.m. and turned on a fire alarm. 

“A truck driver just leaving the mill out on the south end of the building is the one that discovered the fire. He ran into the building, activated the alarm and notified staff inside the building,’ Sioux City Fire Department Captain Ryan Collins told television news station KCAU. 

The fire caused some damages to the structure’s exterior and the sprinkler system caused water damage inside the building, coverage by local news broadcaster KMEG said. 

No injuries were logged during the incident. 

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