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Mechanical problem to blame for fire at Iowa plant

Published On: Nov 28 2011 08:36:14 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 28 2011 08:36:42 AM CST

FLOYD, Iowa (AP) -- A mechanical malfunction has been cited as the likely cause of a fire in a grain bin dryer at an ethanol plant in Floyd.

The fire at Valero Renewables was reported about 2:45 p.m. Thursday. Floyd fire chief Ben Chatfield told the Mason City Globe-Gazette that the plant has four dryers and the fire was contained to one.

The fire didn't affect operations at the plant, although employees in the immediate area were evacuated.

No injuries were reported.

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