Bearing Blamed for Blaze at ND Ethanol Plant

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:06 AM gHale

Firefighters battle a blaze at the Hankinson Renewable Energy Plant.

A bearing on an auger system that moves corn is being blamed for a weekend fire at an ethanol plant in Hankinson, ND.

The blaze occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. Saturday. No one was hurt.

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Fire departments from Hankinson, Wahpeton and Lidgerwood responded. Richland County Emergency Manager Brett Lambrecht said firefighters had things under control in about an hour, but crews did stay on scene to monitor hot spots.

Lambrecht said the fire started at a bearing on the auger system that moves corn.

Both augers were up and running again Sunday afternoon.

The amount of damage wasn’t immediately known.

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