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home : news : north central illinois   May 24, 2016

4/5/2013 7:53:00 AM
Fire destroys conveyor at Unimin


Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter



An early morning fire at Unimin Corp. in Utica destroyed a conveyor belt, though there were no injuries.

Assistant Utica fire chief Ed Rogers said 15 firefighters in five vehicles fromUticaand Naplate were dispatched to the plant at 4:41 a.m. today for a fire that broke out on a conveyor belt.

Firefighters were on scene about 2½ hours.Rogerssaid the monetary loss wasn’t known, but he believed the belt was a total loss.

A cause was not known. Rogers said conveyor fires are “not uncommon” and any number of factors could have been in play.

Unimin plant manager William McTee said the fire remains under investigation. He praised the firefighters for their prompt response and professionalism.












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