Ethanol Plant Back In Operation After Fire

An ethanol production plant in central Florida returned to operation after a tank exploded April 24, causing a temporary shutdown, a company source told DTN.

The source said that the Bartow Ethanol Inc. plant returned to service during the weekend following the fire. "Everything is back and running," she said, adding that a fire caused by the explosion was contained within hours.

The company, which is located east of Tampa Bay, processes ethanol from corn.

No one was hurt in the incident, she said, but couldn’t provide details on the cause, which is still under investigations.

The explosion occurred in a 50,000-gallon tank that contained about 1,000 gallons of ethanol at the time, causing extensive damage to the south side of the building housing the company. While the explosion posed no direct danger to the public, officials evacuated the nearby Orange Bowl Juice Plant, the Cold Storage Plant, and an agricultural center as a precaution.

(Source: DTN)

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