UPDATE: Investigators work to determine cause of flash fire at co-op


    Monday, investigators worked to figure out what caused a flash fire at Ag Valley Co-Op in Edison. It happened 11:00 a.m. on Monday, at the dry fertilizer plant. (Ifesinachi Egbosimba)

    Monday, investigators worked to figure out what caused a flash fire at Ag Valley Co-Op in Edison. It happened 11:00 a.m. on Monday, at the dry fertilizer plant.

    Staff tell NTV News the fire lasted for just a moment, in the leg of the fertilizer elevator. People nearby say it sounded like an explosion.

    "There was a loud boom. I was in my office across the street, pretty loud boom. Didn't know what it was until someone came in and said. When you came out you could see the smoke and the dust from across the street here," said Jeff Krejdl, the interim manager at Ag Valley Co-Op

    Staff say there were about 3 to 4 people in the building at the time, but no injuries were reported.

    This is the second incident in as many weeks for the co-op. Last week, a grain bin containing more than 1 million bushels collapsed, and spilled 4 to 5 million dollars worth of corn.

    "The last two weeks have been a little bit rough, but we're working our way through it. Thankful no one was hurt in either incident, so we'll continue to count our blessings there," said Krejdl.

    Staff say the collapse could cause issues at harvest time, but Ag Valley will have bunker system setup to help with that.

    Work on a replacement bin will begin in October. Krejdl says things at the fertilizer plant should be back operational soon.

    ORIGINAL STORY:

    Ag Valley Coop told NTV News that there was a flash fire in the dry fertilizer plant in Edison, Monday morning.

    Staff said it occurred inside an elevator leg. No injuries were reported.

    The cause is still unknown but the co-op said insurance agents and engineers are on site.

    This story is still developing and we will update information as it becomes available.

    This comes after a grain bin collapsed in Edison just a week ago.

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