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The Latest: Fire marshal says lightning caused massive fire


Added 05-24-19 08:04:02pm EST - “The Latest on a fire that destroyed a central Nebraska fertilizer plan (all times local): 5 p.m.” - Foxbusiness.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Foxbusiness.com: “The Latest: Fire marshal says lightning caused massive fire”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Nebraska Fire Marshal's office has determined a lightning strike caused the fire that destroyed a fertilizer plant and injured three people.

The office said in a news release Friday afternoon that the fire at Cooperative Producers Inc. dry fertilizer plant at Hastings has been declared "natural in origin." The state office says it was aided by the Hastings Fire Department and three other departments, as well as Adams County Emergency Management, in investigating the cause of the fire.

Preliminary damage estimates for the building is $14 million. The damage to products inside the building is estimated at another $5 million.

Crews have contained a large fire at a Nebraska fertilizer plant that injured three people and destroyed the plant.

The fire was reported about 11:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cooperative Producers Inc. dry fertilizer plant in Hastings and was contained just before 4 a.m. Friday.

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