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Fire Rages At Mississippi Biodiesel Plant After Explosion


By Robert Gibbons

NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A fire raged at a biodiesel complex after an explosion that was felt miles away in northern Mississippi on Wednesday, theHighway Patrol said, but to its knowledge, all workers at the plant had been accounted for.

The fire at the plant, some 3-4 miles (5-6 km) north of New Albany, the Union County seat, broke out at about 5:30 a.m. CST (1130 GMT) after an explosion that was felt and heard miles away.

"The fire is still burning and they haven't started trying to fight it yet because of the intense heat," Trooper Ronny Hall, Mississippi Highway Patrol, said by telephone from the scene of the fire.

He spoke at around 10:00 CST, almost five hours after the fire began.

"At this time, we have had no injuries reported and all of the workers have been accounted for as far as we know," Hall said, adding he did not know who the owners of the plant were.

Earlier, in an interview with local television station Action News 5, Hall said the fire may burn for as long as two days.