Five-Alarm Fire Put Out at Ethanol Plant in Illinois

April 11, 2019

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Five-Alarm Fire Put Out at Ethanol Plant in Illinois
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A five-alarm blaze ignited at the Marquis Energy ethanol plant in Hennepin, IL on Wednesday afternoon that drew first responders from around the area, local fire officials and news organizations reported. 

Featuring a capacity of 1 million gal/day, the company describes its Hennepin site as the “largest dry-mill ethanol facility” in the U.S. The fire reportedly occurred in the South Unit, one of two production facilities located at the site, while the North Unit was not impacted. 

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 3:15 p.m. and were able to put out the flames in about two hours. 

“All personnel are safe and accounted for,” Marquis Energy tweeted at 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday. “There was swift response from our local and surrounding fire departments and we appreciate their efforts. Our North Unit continues to run at full production.”

Marquis Energy plans to halt operations on the South Unit as the company examines the damages and performs repair work, Don Rayfield, general counsel for the firm, told the Peoria Journal Star

“We’ll have to wait and see what it takes to get the plant back in operation,” the company official said in the newspaper article. “And then as we always do, we’re going to do whatever we need to do to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

The cause of the fire is currently unknown. 

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