Firefighter Has Minor Injuries After Fire at J.R. Simplot Plant in Grand Forks

The cause of the fire is under investigation

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A fire and explosion in a piece of equipment at J.R. Simplot in Grand Forks slightly injured a firefighter this morning.

“Crews were able to extinguish it rather quickly,” said Captain Darren Schimke. “In the process of that there was a minor explosion. No injuries were caused from that explosion. Some of the fire did spread a little bit to some pallets and things that were stacked nearby but that was quickly extinguished. We did have an individual firefighter who had taken a fall, stumbled on some debris, so he fell forward but minor, minor injuries. Checked out just fine and will be reporting for duty tomorrow.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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