Fire damages Bunge’s Hamilton crush plant

Fire officials in Hamilton, Ont. estimate a fire in a soybean drying unit at Bunge’s oilseed crush plant has caused about $20,000 in damages.

The city’s fire department on Thursday said multiple fire crews responded to a report of a fire at the Bunge plant at about 12:40 p.m.

The fire, officials said, broke out at the base of a six-story-tall dryer building and extended up to the top of the structure. The fire was contained to the soybeans inside the building, but was “labour-intensive” to control.

Provincial environment officials reported “no concerns” with the fire, and no one was injured, the fire department said.

The crush plant, which Bunge bought from CanAmera Foods in 2002, has capacity to crush 3,000 tonnes of soybeans and canola per day.

The plant’s output was committed to a joint oil venture between Bunge and Quebec processor TRT ETGO from 2011 to 2013. — Network


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