Explosion in Marengo, Iowa sends workers to hospital

Several patients are being treated at University of Iowa Health Hospitals and Clinics for injuries sustained in the explosion and fire at the Marengo plant. The Iowa State Patrol tells KCCI that the explosion occurred around 11:20 a.m. Thursday. Multiple agencies responded within a 30-50 mile radius. The first priority was to account for the people inside the plant, many of whom were injured. A few injuries were related to burns. The state patrol tells KCCI that initial findings suggest there were about 30 people at the plant. All those persons have been accounted for. The State Patrol says there have been no confirmed deaths. UI Hospitals and Clinics said they are treating 10-15 patients from the outbreak. They can’t comment on specific conditions, but say the majority are mild to moderate. Most patients are being treated for burns and injuries. Patients and immediate family members may contact the hospital at 319-356-1616. The fire is still burning and crews are using foam and water to put it out. The state fire marshal is working to determine a cause. WATCH: Sky 8 drone footage of Marengo fire prompts city residents to stay indoors due to poor air quality The State Patrol is asking people to stay away from the area. Marengo is about 80 miles east of Des Moines. KCRG’s live footage from Marengo showed plumes of smoke in the sky. Several nearby businesses reported the fire to the east. South Street, eastern edge of town. KCCI has sent a team to the spot. Stay tuned to KCCI On-Air online for updates. At 11:20 a.m., authorities received a call of an explosion and fire at the Marengo plant. 12:05 pm A business near the fire tells KCCI they are being evacuated. Fire, they need to go to the Iowa County Transportation Building. 12:45 pm An Iowa Valley Community School District employee said the district was not affected. So far they have not evacuated or canceled classes yet evicted residents. They are ready to pick up people if needed. 1:15 pmKCCI’s Beau Bowman is on the scene in Marengo. Keeping a safe distance from the investigation, KCCI is trying to ascertain new information about the blast and confirm whether anyone was injured. 1:20 pm University of Iowa Health Hospitals & Clinics says it has received several patients following the outbreak. Employees say they expect others may be on the way. At this time, UIHC says doctors are assessing the severity of injuries and working to ensure all patients receive the treatment they need. 1:40 pm KCCI confirms the burning building is owned by Heartland Crush LLC, Iowa County Assessor 1: 45 pm Iowa Valley Community School District, KCCI students and staff in Marengo are advised not to go outside due to air quality. There are currently no changes to after school pick-ups or activities. WATCH: Drone footage shows crews responding to fire in Marengo

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Several patients are being treated at University of Iowa Health Hospitals and Clinics for injuries from the explosion and fire at the Marengo plant.

The Iowa State Patrol tells KCCI that the explosion happened around 11:20 a.m. Thursday. Multiple agencies responded within a 30-50 mile radius. The first priority was to account for the people inside the plant, many of whom were injured. A few injuries are burn-related.

The state patrol tells KCCI that preliminary findings show about 30 people were at the plant. All those persons have been accounted for. The State Patrol says there have been no confirmed deaths.

UI Hospitals and Clinics said they are treating 10-15 patients from the outbreak. They can’t comment on specific conditions, but say the majority are mild to moderate. Most patients are being treated for burns and injuries. Immediate family members of the patient may contact the hospital at 319-356-1616.

The fire still burns and crew They use foam and water to extinguish it. The state fire marshal is trying to find a cause.

WATCH: Sky 8 drone footage of the Marengo fire

Due to poor air quality, the city is asking residents to stay indoors. The State Patrol is asking people to stay away from the area.

Marengo is about 80 miles east of Des Moines.

Live footage of Marengo from KCRG showed plumes of smoke in the sky.

Several nearby businesses reported seeing the fire on East South Street, on the city’s eastern edge.

KCCI has dispatched a team to the spot. Stay tuned to KCCI On-Air online for updates.

11:20 am Authorities receive a call of an explosion and fire at the Marengo plant.

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12:05 pm KCCI says a business near the fire has been evacuated.

12:30 p.m The city says on Facebook that if residents are evacuated due to the fire, they should go to the Iowa County Transportation Building.

12:45 p.m An Iowa Valley Community School District employee said the district was not affected. So far, they have not vacated or canceled classes.

12:45 p.m The state fire marshal’s office said they were not responding but were aware of the fire.

12:50 p.m Workers at the Iowa County Transportation Building say they don’t have any evacuated residents yet. They are ready to take people if needed.

1:15 p.mKCCI’s Beau Bowman is on the scene in Marengo. Keeping a safe distance from the investigation, KCCI is working to confirm new information about the blast and whether anyone was injured.

1:20 p.m University of Iowa Health Hospitals and Clinics says it has received several patients following the outbreak. Employees say they expect others may be on the way. At this time, UIHC says doctors are assessing the severity of injuries and working to ensure all patients receive the care they need.

1:40 p.m KCCI confirms the burning building is owned by Heartland Crush LLC, according to the Iowa County Assessor.

1:45 p.m Iowa Valley Community School District KCCI students and staff in Marengo are advised not to go outside due to air quality concerns. There are currently no changes to after school student pick up or activities.

WATCH: Drone footage shows crews responding to fire in Marengo

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