4 Injured in Fire at Illinois Plant

April 29, 2010

Fire officials say an explosion and fire at a grain bin in the southern Illinois town of Chester has injured four workers.

Chester Fire Department spokesman Marty Bert says three of the injuries are burns and another is a leg injury. But he didn’t have further details.

He says all other workers are accounted for and safe.

Bert says the blast occurred at the ConAgra plant in Chester around 4 p.m. on April 27 and a subsequent fire continued to burn late in the day.

The official says contractors were apparently doing work on the bin at the time. But he says there’s no immediate word about a cause.

Chester is about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis.

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