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Indiana Grain Elevator on Fire Day After Blast



(AP) - A fire broke out and thick black smoke billowed from a northwestern Indiana grain elevator a day after an explosion at the plant killed a worker.

Facility owner Co-Alliance LLP says crews dismantling grain bins Tuesday at the Union Mills Co-op in Union Mills likely exposed smoldering grain to the wind. No injuries were reported.

Grain dust is the suspected cause of Monday's blast that killed 67-year-old worker James Swank at the facility about 30 miles southwest of South Bend.

LaPorte County sheriff's Sgt. Brian Piergalski says authorities fearing new explosions evacuated some nearby homes.

Co-Alliance safety manager Shawn Lambert says the fire burned a rubber belt on a conveyor system.

 


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