Soybean plant up and running after fire

The fire at the Bunge plant in Decatur broke out sometime before 6 am on Thursday, January 22.

Bunge North America fireDecatur, Ind. (WANE) – A soybean plant in Decatur is up and running after a fire Thursday morning. Firefighters spent about five hours getting the fire, which started in a soybean dryer, under control.

Firefighters from multiple departments responded to a fire at Bunge North America on 2nd Street in Decatur around 6 a.m. Thursday. An official with Bunge said there were about 500 to 1,000 bushels of soybeans in the dryer.

Firefighters are still investigating what caused the fire.

Ladder trucks from both Bluffton and Decatur were brought in to fight the flames. The smoke was heavy and could be smelled for blocks. Investigators at the scene said there were several phone calls from residents who thought their house was on fire from the extreme amount of smoke in the area.

There were no injuries.

Decatur, Bluffton, Monroe and Preble fire departments were on scene to help put the fire out.

Bunge’s website describes its business as an “agribusiness and food ingredient company dedicated to improving the global food supply chain.”

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