Fire in Dust Collection Bin at Milling Facility

The local fire department first received a call for a dust explosion.

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Fire in dust collection bin at mill
The fire was contained, but tough to get to.Image courtesy of .shock / iStock / Getty Images Plus

At around 8 p.m. Monday night, the Winona, MN Fire Department reported to an active fire alarm and possible dust explosion at Bay State Milling.

A fire broke out at the mill, with firefighters initially receiving the call of a "possible dust explosion."

Fire crews arriving to find "a smoldering fire in a dust collector storage bin."

The department says the fire required long hoses to be used near the top of the building, but the blaze was contained to the storage bin it was first found in.

The fire stayed contained to the originally located bin.

First responders stayed on scene for several hours. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

No injuries were reported, with the cause of the fire under investigation.

Bay State Milling produces wheat, rye, oat, seeds and spices, and other milled products.

For information on dust collection systems and safety, visit our Dust Collection & Air Pollution Control section.

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Established in 1983, Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) serves industries that process, handle, and package dry particulate matter, including the food, chemical, and pharmaceutical markets.

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