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Fire shuts down silo at Ingredion plant in Bedford Park

Bedford Park firefighters spent about three hours Monday fighting a fire in a silo at the Ingredion plant at 6400 S. Archer Road.

Fire Chief Sean Maloy said the fire was called in just before 11 a.m. and was contained to a silo in the MPL Building at the plant, which produces industrial starches out of corn.

“The silo contains ground corn and apparently a chunk of corn clogged up part of the machinery in the silo and started the fire,” he said.

Fighting the fire was difficult, Maloy said, because firefighters had to use catwalks on the outside of the silo.

“One was about 75 feet off the ground and the other was about 150 feet,” Maloy said. “It was very warm up there.”

He said firefighters rotated off the catwalk as they overheated and there were no injuries.

“We had a few departments that helped us out,” he said. Assistance was provided by the Roberts Park Fire Protection District, Burbank Fire Department, Bridgeview Fire Department, North Palos Fire Protection District, Oak Lawn Fire Department and Evergreen Park Fire Department.

Maloy said there was no damage estimate because Ingredion’s staff was still inspecting the damage.

He said the building had four silos and the other three were not affected by the fire.

Calls to the company were not returned.

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