Cause of fire at Atchison alcohol plant under investigation

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ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt in an explosion and fire at a northeast Kansas distilling plant that was fined earlier this year over a noxious cloud of fumes that sent dozens to the hospital in 2016.

Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson said the blast happened around 8:15 p.m. Friday at MGP Ingredients Inc., which is a supplier of distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches.

Picture from 2016 chemical spill

The cause has not been determined. Earlier this year, the company was fined $1 million for violating the federal Clean Air Act.

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