Lightning May Have Sparked Piper City Plant Fire
by The Associated Press
Authorities are investigating whether lightning was to blame for a fire at a north-central Illinois soybean plant.
A spokeswoman for the Illinois State fire marshal's office tells the Bloomington Pantagraph that authorities are still waiting for a final report from insurance investigators.
But a lighting strike may have ignited last week's fire, which prompted a partial evacuation in thetiny village of Piper City.
A school district canceled classes as a precaution after smoke was seen coming from the Precision Soya plant.
At the time, investigators said they believed a chemical - aluminum phosphide - may have reacted with water from a leaking roof. No one was injured.