Crews battle explosion, fire at alternative fuel plant in Marengo, Iowa

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Grace Smith | December 9, 2022

Crews from numerous nearby counties and cities arrived to battle an explosion at an alternative fuel plant, which resulted in a fire, on Thursday. Firefighters and other public safety personnel fought the fire at C6-Zero, while the town’s residents were told to shelter or evacuate the area because of dense smoke. Firefighters battled the fire until 4:30 am Friday morning.

“Anyone evacuated due to the fire can go to the Iowa County Transportation building. Please stay indoors otherwise. A large fire is being fought. PLEASE, NO SIGHTSEEING!” A Facebook post said. 

The fire started at 11:16 am. 30 people were reported to be inside the facility during its explosion and fire. As of 2:30 pm Thursday, no fatalities have been recorded by patrol trooper Bob Conrad. Although no fatalities have been reported, several citizens were injured and taken to the University of Iowa and other local hospitals. 

The smoke from the fire resulted in thick, murky air. Public safety officials monitored air and ground quality on Thursday. Conrad said safety officials worked together to help contain the threat.