Aurora Biomass Plant Closed After Weekend Fire

AURORA, Mo. – A biomass plant that makes pellets for wood-burning stoves from miscanthus vegetation is closed today after a Sunday fire that caused about $150,000 damage to the production and storage area of the company.

Aurora Fire Chief Robert Ward said the fire at MFA Biomass was reported to his department at noon Sunday and was battled by the city department with assistance from the Aurora Rural Fire Protection District.

The business was shut down for the weekend at the time of the fire and no one was injured in the blaze, Ward said.

The cause of the fire is undetermined and a state fire marshal will investigate the blaze, he said, but he doesn’t anticipate a ruling of any foul play involved.

Miscanthus – sometimes called “elephant grass” – is a popular fuel for the production of ethanol.

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