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Firefighters battle blaze at biodiesel plant near Deerfield

Three other departments aided the Deerfield Volunteer Fire Dept.

November 15, 2011|by Michael Coonrod, KY3 News | mcoonrod@ky3.com

DEERFIELD, Mo. -- Firefighters fought a fire at a soybean crushing facility on Monday night.

Deerfield Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bill Smith says they reponded to the call just before 8 p.m.   The fire was in a grain hopper on the first floor of the Prep Building at the Archer Daniels Midland Company's biodiesel plant.

After knocking down the fire, crews discovered another blaze in ductwork on the third floor and put it out.  ADM employees then informed the firefighters that they had found smoke in a tank outside the building.  That fire was also extinguished.

Fire crews from Nevada, Bronaugh, and Fort Scott, Kan., also responded as part of a mutual aid agreement.

"We have full cooperation with all departments in Vernon County.  It's a good working relationship with all fire departments in this area," said Smith.

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ADM's website says it acquired the biodiesel plant earlier this year from Prairie Pride.  ADM produces ethanol and biodiesel, and researches ways to create replacements for traditional fossil fuels.

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