Faribault firefighters were called back to Bio Wood Processing on Bagley Avenue in rural Faribault today to deal with more flames.

Faribault Fire Chief Dusty Dienst tells KDHL a couple of empty semi-trailers near the burned portion of the building caught fire and the wind was not a friend to their efforts.

After the wind died down this evening, Dienst says they were able to attack the rubble and leftover wood chips with lots of water in an effort to end their trips to the plant.

No one was injured during the fire on Thursday and none today. About half of the plant was destroyed by the blaze

During the KDHL Midday Report, Dienst joined me in studio after just completing a walk through the building with the state fire marshal's office investigator. The Faribault fire chief said they know a dust explosion occurred and "may never know" what triggered it. He added that an insurance company investigator also will be looking for answers.

Dienst was appreciative of the assistance his department received from Medford, Morristown and Owatonna fire departments on Thursday.

He says the fire will continue to be investigated by his department, the state fire marshal's office and the Rice County Sheriff's Department.

Faribault Fire Chief Vehicle
Faribault Fire Chief Vehicle


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