Fire at ADM corn processing plant kills two

by Eric Schroeder
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DECATUR, ILL. — Two workers at an Archer Daniels Midland Co. corn processing plant were killed Sunday night following a fire that broke out in an air handling unit at the facility. The workers — 46-year-old Jeffrey Miller, a corn plant lab technician and 17-year employee of ADM, and 55-year-old Charles Newgard, a corn plant lab technician supervisor and 33-year veteran — died of apparent "inhalation-related injuries," said Michael Day, the Macon county coroner.

According to ADM, 16 workers and 8 firefighters were hospitalized for carbon monoxide exposure. All 16 of the ADM employees have been treated and released.

The facility resumed operations Monday morning.

"Plant operations have been deemed safe, and the plant remains open," said Randy Kampfe, vice-president of ADM’s Corn Processing group. "We are conducting a thorough review of this incident to determine its cause. OSHA has been on site for an initial evaluation, and we are cooperating fully."

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