Explosion at Sheldon dairy plant blows large hole in facility
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Explosion at Sheldon dairy plant blows large hole in facility

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Construction crews are building a $37 million expansion to the Deluxe Feed Inc. plant in Sheldon, Iowa. The project, expected to take 20-months to complete, will create 15 new jobs in the O'Brien County city.

SHELDON, Iowa -- An explosion at a Sheldon, Iowa, dairy plant Tuesday afternoon blew a large hole in the facility but everyone inside was able to escape unharmed.

The explosion at Deluxe Feeds, Inc., in the southwest part of Sheldon, was reported at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

"We don't (know what caused the explosion,)" said Brad Hindt, Sheldon assistant fire chief, who was first to arrive on scene. "They were moving materials in the building, making feed. that's about all we know of what happened when the explosion occurred."

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According to Hindt, there were five individuals in the building at the time of the blast. 

"They were already out (by the time I arrived,)" Hindt said. "They were down the street. when I arrived on scene, all the employees were accounted for."

The original report was of a fire at the dairy plant, Hindt said. "Once on scene, it was actually a fire and an explosion," he said.

Multiple fire departments and medical units were also called to assist authorities.

Hindt said that the Sanborn Fire Department was called in on mutual aid, as well as the Sioux County drone unit in order to assess the situation before sending in a crew. 

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

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