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Possible Dust Explosion Reported at Tate & Lyle Plant

Fire officials told local media that a dust explosion possibly occurred in a piece of drying equipment at the Tate & Lyle facility.

Firefighters were called to the Tate & Lyle plant in Decatur, IL on Tuesday morning after a fire ignited inside the facility, several local news organizations reported.

Crews were dispatched to the site at about 6 am, according to an account by news broadcaster WCIA.

Officials told television news station WAND that debris on the viaduct may have caused a dust explosion in a dryer, but an official cause has not yet been determined.

No injuries were logged during the incident, Chris Olsen, vice president of community and government relations for Tate & Lyle said in coverage by the Decatur Herald & Review. He added that the company has initiated an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Tate & Lyle is a manufacturer of solutions and ingredients for food, beverage, and industrial applications.

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