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Saturday Night Fire At POET Stackyard

July 22, 2014
by Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

A Saturday night fire at the POET-DSM biomass stackyard south of Emmetsburg is still being monitored by volunteer firemen.

Emmetsburg Fire Department responded to the fire shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

"Emergency personnel contained the fire using water lines in the stackyard," said Matt Merritt, Director of Public Relations for POET-DSM. "The plant was not affected and there were no injuries. POET-DSM is investigating the cause of the fire."

Merritt pointed out the main stackyard holds three weeks supply of biomass and the fire affected a portion of that supply.

"In the big picture, it isn't a total loss of that stackpile," said Daron Wilson, General Manager of POET Biorefining in Emmetsburg.

Affected bales of biomass are still smoldering at the site south of Emmetsburg.

"They will smolder for a while," said Wilson. "We're going to monitor the site for at least a couple of days."

Volunteer fire departments from Emmetsburg, Cylinder, Mallard and Ruthven assisted with the Saturday night fire. Volunteers from the community were also on hand with tractors to move unaffected bales.

"The fire departments responded very well," said Wilson. "A situation like this takes a lot of people and a lot of hours. On a positive note, everyone worked well together. It take a lot of people. This brings out a lot of team work."



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