Fire destroys warehouse in Lynn Center, Ill.
Article By Dustin Lemmon | The Quad-City Times | Posted: Friday, September
A warehouse at Darling International Inc.s facility
in Lynn Center, Ill., was destroyed by fire Friday morning.
Several area fire departments responded to the scene at 202
Bengston St. to battle the large blaze, which was reported
about 7 a.m., Orion, Ill., Fire Chief Larry Anderson said.
The chief said all employees were safely evacuated, and there
were no injuries. Because of the size of the blaze, some homes
in Lynn Center were evacuated for a brief time, he added.
The company headquartered in Irving, Texas, operates several
facilities nationwide and provides rendering, recycling and
recovery solutions to the nation's food industry. More specifically,
it recycles used cooking oil and offers grease trap service
Anderson said employees reported seeing smoke in the warehouse,
which stores grain, and by the time someone returned with
a manager, the fire had spread. He said its not uncommon
for the product in the building to generate some smoke, and
he thinks the fire likely was the result of combustion. A
state fire marshal was investigating the fires cause.
The chief said the fire did not damage the companys
offices, and firefighters did their best to protect nearby
machinery. He said the warehouse itself was destroyed.
Wind helped spread the fire, the chief added, and the small
village does not have fire hydrants, so water had to be shipped
in from departments in Knoxville, Abingdon and Cordova, Ill.,
as well as from two lakes.
Aerial fire trucks from the Rock Island Arsenal, Geneseo,
Ill., and Blackhawk Fire Protection District in Milan, Ill.,
also were brought to the scene to fight the fire from above,
the chief said.
Once the fire was put down, the burning grain and other material
inside had to be pulled out to cool off, the chief added.
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