Storms likely to blame for explosion, fire at Illinois farm

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Posted on October 26, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 9:57 AM

(KMOV) -- Fire crews from several districts were called in to battle an explosion and fire at an Illinois business.
It happened around 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Maschhoffs Farms in Carlyle, Illinois.
Maschhoffs' executive vice president of product supply and operations tells News 4 that this was an electrical fire. It is also believed that the fire and explosion could have been caused by the severe storms that moved through the area early Tuesday morning.
Five workers were inside at the time of the fire. One person suffered minor burns but is expected to be okay.
Maschhoffs Farms is a major pork producer in southern Illinois. This particular location produces feed for hogs all over the area.
Right now, the company is working on a contingency plan to get feed from other producers so that they can feed their hogs.
Maschhoffs Farms is located about 55 miles east of St. Louis.
 

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