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Mechanical failure to blame for ethanol plant fire

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Investigators determined that a mechanical failure caused a fire and explosion Monday afternoon at an ethanol plant in Fergus Falls.

A hydraulic pump that controls the damper in the dryer building of the Green Plains Renewable Energy plant failed Monday afternoon, according to a statement released Wednesday from Fergus Falls Fire Chief Mark Hovland.

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