Fire damages South Sioux City oat processing plant

2013-06-03T10:45:00Z 2013-06-03T19:46:04Z Fire damages South Sioux City oat processing plant Sioux City Journal

SOUTH SIOUX CITY | A fire caused several million dollars in damages to a South Sioux City oat processing plant Monday, firefighters said.

Firefighters responded at about 3 a.m. to a fire on one of the manufacturing lines in the coated grain department at the Viterra grain processing plant, 5005 Dakota Ave. South.

"We're assessing the damage. Our plant is currently shut down," said Tracey Shelton, of Richardson International, the Winnipeg, Alberta, Canada, company that owns the plant.

Shelton said none of the 10 workers in the plant at the time the fire started was injured  The plant employs 60 workers.

The fire started in an oven that cooks granola, firefighters said. It was ruled an accident.

Firefighters say the blaze caused significant damage to the plant's granola ovens.

The Viterra plant, built in 1989, processes oats used in cereal, granola bars and other foods.

-- Nick Hytrek

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