SHELDON, Iowa (KTIV) – No one was hurt following an explosion and fire at Deluxe Feeds in southwest Sheldon Tuesday afternoon, this according to authorities.
According to Brad Hindt, assistant fire chief of the Sheldon Fire Company, authorities were called to the facility at 3:45 p.m. for a report of an explosion and fire.
Hindt said five people were inside the facility at the time of the incident, but no one was hurt. Hindt said employees were making dairy feed at the time of the incident.
He said right now the cause of the fire and explosion is still under investigation.
A Kent Corporation spokesperson issued the following release Tuesday night:
“The safety and security of those on-site is our top priority. While no individual was injured as a result of the explosion, there was damage to the facility. We are grateful to the local fire departments and law enforcement for their quick response protecting our employees and the general public.”
The facility recently underwent an expansion. In September of 2017, they broke ground on that expansion predicted to cost $37 million.
The project included a new 50,000-square-foot warehouse and increased capacity with new pellet mills.
That was the fourth expansion to the Sheldon plant since 2003 and was expected to add 15 new jobs.