Dryer Fire Damages Seed Processing Plant

March 6, 2020

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Dryer Fire Damages Seed Processing Plant
A fire was reported at a sunflower processing plant in North Dakota on Thursday. Image courtesy of Pixabay

A fire ignited in a piece of drying equipment at the Red River Commodities production facility in Fargo, ND on Thursday night, causing workers to evacuate the facility, several local and national news organizations reported. 

Crews were called to the site after the fire started at about 10 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters determined that the flames were contained to the dryer and some ductwork, Fargo Fire Department Battalion Chief Lee Soeth told news radio station KFGO. 

Workers evacuated the Red River Commodities plant during the incident with no injuries, coverage by the Associated Press (AP) said. 

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Firefighters put out the fire but some personnel remained on scene overnight to clear smoke from the building, according to news website ValleyNewsLive.com. 

Red River Commodities is a food ingredient firm that processes sunflowers, sorghum, flax, and other specialty crop agricultural products. One of six specialty crop manufacturing facilities operated by the company, the site in Fargo produces birdseed and SunButter brand sunflower seed spread, information on the firm’s website said. The other plants are located in Zevenbergen, the Netherlands, Colby, KS, Lubbock, TX, and Horace, ND. 

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