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Fire Causes Thousands In Damage At Rose Acres

Last updated on Monday, February 6, 2012

(SEYMOUR) - A fire in a bag plant at Rose Acre Farms bean meal plant Friday caused an estimated $100,000 in damages.

No one was hurt and the fire was quickly put out according to Chief Operating officer Tony Wesner.

He expects the plant to state buying beans again from area farmers and the processing of those beans would resume in 3 to 4 days. Soybean oil processed before the fire could resume shipping soon.

The plant employs six to seven workers on 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. It processes about 22,000 to 25,000 bushels of raw soybeans daily into oil and meal. The oil and some of the meal is sold, while most is fed to at Rose Acres.

Firefighters from Hamilton and Brownstown were called to battle the blaze.

It is unclear what started the fire in the plant's bag house, an area where dust is collected into large bags. The collection of the dust from beans is part of the safety procedures at the plant. Wesner says he is not sure if a bearing wore out in the equipment and that sparked the fire.

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