IL soybean plant fire under investigation

PIPER CITY — A fire at a north-central Illinois soybean plant remains under investigation.

Authorities lifted a partial evacuation in the tiny village of Piper City on Thursday afternoon and classes are set to resume Friday at a nearby school district.

Officials shut down a section of the Ford County community near the facility after spotting smoke coming from the roof of the building.

No one was injured.

Investigators say they believe a chemical — aluminum phosphide — may have reacted with water from a leaking roof.

Dennis Higgins is Ford County’s Emergency Management Agency coordinator. He tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette that authorities were worried about poisonous fumes being released.

Piper City has about 830 residents and is about 45 miles north of Champaign.

via Piper City soybean plant fire under investigation – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register.

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