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UPDATE: Fire contained and all employees safe at Hennepin ethanol plant

HENNEPIN, Ill. (WEEK) — Numerous fire departments are responding to a five-alarm fire at a Putnam County ethanol plant.

Dispatch reports a MABAS box was activated to the 5th alarm for an industrial structure fire at Marquis Energy, 11953 Prairie Industrial Parkway in Hennepin.

Marquis Energy said the fire is now contained in the plant’s South Unit. All employees are accounted for and safe, according to the company. Putnam County Emergency Management confirmed all employees are safe but could not comment on whether or not any first responders were hurt.

The La Salle NewsTribune reports the facility produced 100 million gallons of ethanol a year as of 2014.

The fire was first reported around 3:15 p.m. Departments from Hennepin, Standard, Granville, Spring Valley, Princeton, Cedar Point and Tonica are among those called to the scene.

The Putnam County EMA said the Illinois EPA has been contacted about the fire. They also said the fire is “contained,” but not completely out.

There is no word of any injuries at this time.

This story will be updated. 

Tim Shelley

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