Fire consumes small percentage of DuPont's stover bales

By Holly Jessen | April 04, 2014

An early morning fire on March 31, destroyed about 5,200 of the 55,000 corn stover bales stored at a 30-acre DuPont stover storage site located about 10 miles northeast of Nevada, Iowa.

DuPont, which is building a 30 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant in the area, suspects a lightning strike started the fire and said it will continue to investigate. The local fire departments of Nevada, Colo, McCallsburg and Zearing responded to the fire. DuPont said emergency responders performed exceptionally and pointed to extensive planning and preparedness exercises conducted in 2013. “Although heavy winds challenged the firefighters, the fire was contained by Tuesday morning,” a company spokesperson said in an email statement. “… Most importantly, we are thankful there have been no injuries.”

DuPont’s work to bring the 30 MMgy cellulosic ethanol plant under construction in Nevada was featured as part of a story in the April issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine. The company expects to complete construction in the fourth quarter of this year. The full DuPont graphic, part of which can be seen posted with this story, can be found on DuPont’s website.