Huge Explosion at Iowa Plant Causes Fire, Numerous Injuries

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A massive fire at an Iowa facility that formerly was a soybean processing plant and now is a recycling facility for roofing shingles left up to 15 people injured.

The fire erupted Thursday at the CG-Zero plant in Marengo with about 30 people in the building. Between 10 and 15 people were taken to local hospitals, according to UPI.

Marengo Police Chief Ben Gray said Friday one person remained hospitalized, according to the Des Moines Register.

An evacuation order was issued Thursday due to the thick smoke from the fire, but by late Thursday, residents were being allowed back into their homes.

Iowa County Sheriff Rob Rotter said two explosions took place, one at about 11:20 a.m. and the second about 45 minutes later, according to The Gazette.

The fire was extinguished at about 4 a.m. Friday, according to the Associated Press.

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