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Drying Silo Fire Reported at Malt Production Plant

January 23, 2020

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Drying Silo Fire Reported at Malt Production Plant
A fire ignited in a malt production plant in England on Thursday. Image courtesy of Pixabay

Firefighters responded to a drying silo fire Thursday morning at the Muntons malt production plant in Stowmarket, England, British news organizations reported. 

Called to the scene at about 6:25 a.m., crews discovered flames atop a 92 ft steel drying silo, coverage by the BBC said. The silo contained about 130 tn of material when the blaze ignited. 

“The fire was caused by some smoldering grain, but we don’t know the root cause of it yet,” Muntons Managing and Sustainability Director Nigel Davies told the Stowmarket Mercury. “There was a built-in water dousing system, so had it been anything bigger that would have gone off. As it didn’t, we know the fire is relatively small.”

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11 fire crews reported to the fire, according to the Bury Free Press. No injuries were reported during the incident. The company official said that production will not be impacted because of the fire. 

The facility reportedly makes malt used in confectionery products. Muntons announced plans for a £4.5 million project to expand malt extract production at the Stowmarket site last November. The company said it is constructing a new, 27 m tall structure that will contain a new multi-stage evaporator that will increase malt extract production by about 15%. 

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