Dryer smolder at Cargill

Fort Dodge and Barnum Fire Departments responded to a smolder at Cargill Thursday morning.

The smolder occurred in one of the dryers, according to Eric Ruttum, Utilities Team Leader. He said Cargill personnel put out the smolder before the firefighters arrived.

“We called them out of an abundance of caution,” Ruttum said. “Our number one priority is the safety of our employees and the community.”

Everyone was moved out of the area, and no one was hurt, Ruttum said.

A damage assessment was still being done, and the cause was not yet known.

“Now we are doing a root cause analysis with the fire department so we can prevent it from occurring again,” he said.