A fire broke out after the explosion in the maintenance area of the Peoria plant at about 3 a.m. Wednesday, ADM spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said. Nobody was hurt, but fire officials say one person was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Firefighters called to ADM's ethanol distillery found an open gas line feeding the fire, Peoria Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Morgan said. He estimated the damage at more than $1 million.
Morgan said the facility appeared to be lightly staffed because of the time of day, one possible reason that no one was injured.
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