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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Beet pellets burn in fire at Crookston American Crystal factory

  • Faulty bearing in mill looks to be the cause; structure damage is minimal and no injuries are reported.
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  • Minimal structural damage and no injuries were reported after Crookston firefighters extinguished a fire early Sunday morning in a beet pellet mill at Crookston's American Crystal Sugar factory.
    The call to the CFD came in at 2:12 a.m. Sunday. Beet pellets in a bin and some product outside were on fire upon firefighters' arrival.
    Firefighters were on the scene for more than three hours, returning to the station at 5:45 a.m. While battling the blaze, they used more than 24,000 gallons of water.
    The likely cause has been traced to a faulty bearing.
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