UPDATE: Explosion contained to single silo at Monroe ethanol plant

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Fire Oct. 9, 2018 at the Badger State Ethanol Plant in Monroe. Green County Emergency Management photo.
Fire Oct. 9, 2018 at the Badger State Ethanol Plant in Monroe. Green County Emergency Management photo.

UPDATE (WKOW) — The explosion this morning in a grain silo at Badger State Ethanol in Monroe was contained to a single silo, and no injuries were reported.

There were about eight workers in the plant at the  time of the explosion shortly before 6 a.m., Fire Chief Dan Smits said in a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

There was no fire in the silo, but there was heat to contend with Smits said.

Erik Huschitt, CEO & General Manager at Badger State Ethanol said the normal protocol is to close down the plant following an incident like this.

“Thank to God and our Lord for watching over us and nobody was injured.  There’s no injuries. And that we could manage this situation safely. And that’s what today was, making sure that we do anything we could from the plant side to make sure that that gets taken care of safely,” Huschitt said.

Huschitt said Wednesday the focus will move to cleanup and how to handle customers, including grain farmers who rely on the plant for their harvest.


UPDATE (WKOW) — Crews are still on the scene of an explosion that happened at Badger State Ethanol in Monroe Tuesday morning.

An official from Green County Emergency Management said the explosion happened in a corn silo on site just before 6 a.m. which resulted in a fire. The silo was about 40 percent full of dried distillers grain.

No injuries were reported.

Law enforcement are now using a crane and a drone to assess the damage.


MONROE (WKOW) — The Monroe Police Department says crews are responding to an explosion at Badger State Ethanol on 17th Street in Monroe.

The initial report came in at 5:53 Tuesday morning.

Officials say no injuries have been reported at this time. Some damage to the plant has been reported, but the extent isn’t known.

17th Street at 4th Avenue is blocked while crews investigate the incident. Some businesses are affected.

We’re working to gather more details on this developing story, and have a crew on the way to the scene. Stay with WKOW on air and online for updates.

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