Bushmills officials investigate fire at Atwater plant
ATWATER - Officials at the Bushmills Ethanol Inc. plant of Atwater are investigating the cause of a fire Saturday morning on the small flare pipe used to burn volatile fumes evacuated from empty tanker trucks
being loaded with the corn-based fuel.
Bushmills General Manager Erik Osmon said the incident happened just
before 7 a.m. Area fire departments including firefighters from
Willmar and Atwater were dispatched and extinguished the fire, which
was confined to the small flare pipe located near the ethanol load-out
racks. Firefighters were on the scene for a couple of hours, he said.
Osmon said there were no injuries. Natural gas service to the plant
and plant operations were shut down during the fire; however, corn
deliveries were still being accepted. Plant operations later resumed.
Osmon said load-out of ethanol will be halted until the flare pipe is repaired.