An ethanol tank explosion at Bartow Ethanol Florida has led to the plant being closed until further investigation.
The explosion was in a 50,000-gallon tank that contained about 1,000 gallons of ethanol, says David Wyant, a spokesman for the Bartow Police Department.
The fire following the explosion forced the evacuation of employees at Bartow Ethanol and at three other nearby companies – Peace River Citrus Products, Commercial Cold Storage and Orange Cogen.
The fire caused extensive damage to the south side of the Bartow Ethanol building, Wyant adds.
Officials with the state Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the cause of the tank explosion.