Fire damages roof of American Crystal Sugar plant in Moorhead

The Fargo In-Forum reports the fire started on the roof of the plant in Moorhead, causing thousands of dollars in damage. This is the fourth fire reported at American Crystal plants in just the past week.
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The Fargo In-Forum reports the fire started on the roof of the plant in Moorhead, causing thousands of dollars in damage. This is the fourth fire reported at American Crystal plants in just the past week.

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