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A fireman hoses down a section of the dryer sys-tem two hours after an explosion and fire Mon-day at the Green Plains Ethanol Plant a few miles northwest of Fergus Falls. The explosion took place at 4:20 p.m. resulting in a fire that area firefighters were able to contain. There were no injuries. Tom Hintgen/FOCUS

Explosion, fire at ethanol plant in Fergus Falls

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Fire crews responded late Monday afternoon to a fire at an ethanol plant in Fergus Falls.

The Fergus Falls Fire Department received an initial report of a fire in the dryer building of the Green Plains Renewable Energy plant just before 4:30 p.m., said Fergus Falls Fire Chief Mark Hovland.

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When firefighters arrived, there was an explosion that tore apart a building, Hovland said. No one was injured in the fire or subsequent explosion.

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