- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) - The Fergus Falls Fire Department says a hydraulic pump failure led to a fire at an ethanol plant.

The fire broke out Monday at the Green Plains Renewable Energy Otter Tail ethanol plant just outside of Fergus Falls.

KBRF-AM (http://bit.ly/1ffR6Es ) reports that because the hydraulic pump failed, a damper did not open. That caused higher than normal temperatures and a fire. Smoke from the fire was drawn into the dryer, causing a smoke explosion in the dryer building.

Green Plains is still assessing the damage, and a damage estimate is not yet available. No one was hurt.

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Information from: KBRF-AM, http://www.kbrf1250.com

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