Huge explosion at Iowa factory.
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On Thursday, multiple people have been reportedly injured after an explosion rocked a grain elevator and soybean-crusher factory in Marengo, Iowa, United States. Police reported receiving a call for help at around 11:20 a.m. local time. Multiple rescue and fire crew rushed to the scene. At the moment of the explosion there were 30 people inside, all of which have been accounted for.
The fire that ensued at the C6-Zero owned plant in the 800 block of East South Street forced the city officials to warn all residents from going outside due to the dense smoke. Several nearby buildings were evacuated due to concerns of the fire spreading, but also due to the chemicals inside the factory.
The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics said that it received a number of patients following the explosion.
Received multiple patients following today’s explosion in Marengo and anticipate others may be in route. At this time, we are evaluating the severity of injuries and are working to ensure all patients receive the care they require. We are unable to comment on the specific conditions of the patients in our care at this timeUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
At least 10 people have been injured in the accident, but there were no fatalities. The factory is operated by C6-Zero, a company that converts used roofing shingles into biodiesel and other products. On property records, the company is owned by Heartland Crush. The facility has been in operation in Marengo since 2017. In 2018, the company was reportedly to be operation without a grain license. According to court filings, the state said that Heartland Crush started the process of acquiring the license, but never completed the process. The State Agency discovered that the company had around $1.1 million of unpaid grain.