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COLUMBUS — Two Archer Daniels Midland workers suffered non-life threatening burns late Monday night when a cloud of dust ignited while they were removing smoldering corn from the bottom of a silo.

The workers were transported to hospitals after the 11 p.m. fire, with one still being treated Wednesday and the other treated and released, ADM spokesman David Weintraub said Wednesday.

Weintraub said both workers are expected to make full recoveries.

“Our thoughts are with our injured colleagues and their families,” he said.

Weintraub said ADM is committed to ensuring the safety of company employees, communities and the environment.

ADM is currently investigating the cause of the incident, Weintraub said.

During the accident Monday night, and once since that time, ADM requested manpower and equipment assistance from the Columbus Fire Department.

Columbus Fire sent one fire truck and two firefighters to ADM’s East Eighth Street plant at 12:55 a.m. Tuesday and again at 9:53 p.m. Tuesday when three trucks and 14 firefighters were sent.

Firefighters remained at the scene about 30 minutes on the first call and about four hours on the second as backup, Columbus Fire Chief Dean Hefti said Wednesday.

Weintraub said ADM appreciated the fire department’s quick and helpful response.


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