Public Safety

Cedar Rapids Firefighters respond to fire at Ingredion plant

Engine 1 was moved to the new Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Engine 1 was moved to the new Cedar Rapids Central Fire Station on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Cedar Rapids firefighters responded Friday night to a dryer fire in a Ingredion facility building at 1001 First St. SW.

According to a media release from the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, the call from Ingredion plant personnel about a fire in an idle dryer was received at 5:50 p.m. Firefighters arrived as a sprinkler system was triggered by the fire, according to the release.

All Ingredion employees were accounted for as they evacuated the building safely. Meanwhile, smoke was showing from the second story of the building and from an exhaust pipe, according to the release.

Firefighters entered the building where the fire was located only to find that they couldn’t put water directly on the fire due to the location of the materials in the dryer, according to the release. To work around this, a ladder truck was utilized to established a flow of water into the dryer while the dryer’s hatch was opened and the material inside was removed.

As soon as the fire was extinguished the facility was turned back to Ingredion, according to the release. The release indicated that the fire damage to the facility was light and no injuries were reported.

Area Ambulance also assisted the Cedar Rapids Fire Department at the scene.

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