MN Ethanol Plant Blast Injures 2

Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 12:06 PM gHale

Two workers suffered injuries after a morning explosion at the Poet Biorefining plant near Glenville, MN, on June 21.

The employees ended up transported by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea for burns and have since released, said Poet General Manager Steve McNinch. Two others who were on duty at the time did not suffer any injuries.

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The report of the explosion came into authorities at about 3:20 a.m., according to a release.

The employees ended up treated at the scene before emergency workers transported them to the hospital. The names of the injured were not immediately available.

The release said the building sustained damage, though further details about what might have caused the explosion and what part of the building the explosion occurred were not available.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.

“The first priority was the people this morning and then figure out what happened, then go from there,” McNinch said.

He said he anticipates the business to be down as the building undergoes repairs — though he does not anticipate it will be too severe.

Poet produces 42 million gallons of ethanol annually. The production uses 15 million bushels of corn from the region, according to the company’s website.