Fire erupts Friday afternoon at East Tennessee corn refinery plant

A fire ignited Friday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. at the Tate and Lyle corn refinery plant in Loudon, according to Loudon Police.

Fire burns in a smokestack at the Tate and Lyle plant in Loudon, Tenn.

LOUDON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A fire ignited Friday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. at the Tate and Lyle corn refinery plant in Loudon, according to Loudon Police.

Loudon City Police chief James Webb says the fire in one of the plant's smokestacks is under control and no one was injured.

The plant was shut down for scheduled four to six week maintenance period at the time of the blaze, according to Tate and Lyle spokesman Chris Olson.

Officials says the a stray spark from a cutting tool ignited in a take of liquid fiberglass.

The plant was evacuated while firefighters battled the flames from a ladder truck.

According to the company's Web site, the Loudon plant refines corn for animal feed, cereal sweeteners, ethanol, and food starches.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 41224942 - local8now.com/a?a=41224942
Gray Television, Inc.