Crews Continue to Monitor Fire at Fairbank Ethanol Plant

Crews were still on the scene of a fire at the ethanol plant near Fairbank on Friday.

The Fairbank Fire Department says they are continuing to closely monitor the situation at the Flint Hills Resources ethanol facility.

They say the fire developed within a concrete silo containing dry distillers grain or DDG. DDG is a co-product of the corn ethanol process and is used as a livestock feed supplement. The fire is believed to have started from spontaneous combustion of the DDG – however, plant officials are conducting an investigation into the exact cause.

The fire is confined to and is contained within the silo with little potential risk to the surrounding facility or area. Engineers have inspected the silo and have deemed the structure stable.

The Fairbank Fire Department will continue to monitor the situation as Flint Hills Resources puts together their salvage plan.

They say there is no potential danger to the community.


(photo courtesy of Fairbank Fire Department)