Plant Fire Forces Entire Town Evacuation 25 May 2009
A FIRE AT A SOYBEAN PROCESSING PLANT IN BREWSTER, MINNESOTA, Saturday night led to a decision to declare a mandatory evacuation of the entire town as a precaution.
The fire at the Minnesota Soybean Processors plant was triggered by an initial explosion around 10 pm that rattled the entire town. There were employees in the plant at the time and one of them made the initial 9-1-1 call. All of the workers have been accounted for and there were no reported injuries.
When the first units arrived on the scene there were three bio-diesel tanks on fire. The incident eventually brought in about 13 fire departments to fight the blaze.
The evacuation order was lifted early Sunday morning. The plant processes soybeans into bio-diesel fuel. Damage to the plant is “extensive” and the state fire marshal investigator is on the scene along with the Nobles County sheriff investigators. They are anticipating being able to pinpoint a cause by Tuesday.
"All generalizations are bad." ~R.H. Grenier
Another one for the "Who gives a flying F" file.
But that's his way of biodiesel bashing. He's attempting to do as much damage as he can by always keeping a thread with the word(s) "Biodiesel Fire" or something similar at the top of the forum list.
As for me, I love it when he rags on the appleseed. I sell a ton of those Biodiesel Float Switches everytime one of those threads come up.
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It is interesting to read how the story morphed.
I looked for some notes on the cause of the fire, but didn't see them.
Later notes reported:
Looking at the photo of the railcars in front of the burned area, it must have been a pretty gnarly fire, but relatively speaking, very limited in extent.
Again, while some may disagree, I take these as reminders that BD & Veggie oil processing has inherit dangers that should not be overlooked. And, while it may take more effort to ignite veggie oil than igniting gasoline, once it starts burning, it can put out quite the flames.
I found another report Here which says in part;
"A huge fire broke out late Saturday night at the Minnesota Soybean Processors Plant. It's located in Brewster, which is about 15 minutes northeast of Worthington.
The fire was so big that the Nobles County sheriff's officials went to each and every house asking people to leave, including one mother KSFY Action News caught up with.
"When we woke up this morning it was really really a good feeling to know that everything was safe and we could go back home again," said Bibi Spartz of Brewster.
She and her daughter Breanna were rattled by the explosion. Breanna was babysitting at the time and could hear the explosions and see the fire from a mile away."
So was there or wasn't there an explosion(s)
If there were a fire at an oil refinery which could be compared to this one then we would have some science to work with. Unfortunately from what I read on these posts, only biodiesel plants have fires so a comparison isn't possible.
Thanks for watching out for us bd nuts, tilly!
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