Friday, November 18, 2011

Sprinkler System Contains Fire at SunOpta Ingredients

November 18, 2011, 10:52 am

By City of Cedar Rapids
Date: 11/17/2011
Greg Buelow, (319) 286-5163
A filter receiving system fire at SunOpta Ingredients, 1050 Wenig Road NE, was contained when a sprinkler system activated.  Firefighters  were called to the three-story processing facility at 10:17 p.m. when the fire alarm system activated and production employees noticed smoke coming from one of the facility’s filter receiving systems on the third floor.  Seven SunOpta Ingredients employees evacuated without injury prior to the Fire Department’s arrival.
When firefighters arrived at the scene the building was charged with smoke.  Fire crews confirmed that smoldering product was contained to a filter receiving system.  The facility’s fire sprinkler system had suppressed and contained the fire.  Crews helped ventilate the building and employees were able to return to the facility within one hour.

The filter receiving system receives product and filters the air so that particulates are removed from the building.  The mill grinds product before it is sent to the filter receiving system.
SunOpta Ingredients makes dietary fiber for the baking industry.  Polyester filter bags inside the filter receiving system were the primary materials smoldering.

SunOpta Ingredients personnel estimated that the damage sustained was less than $1,000.

No further information is available at this time.

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