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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
March 21, 2016

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SFM Investigating Grain Bin Explosion that Injured Two

HINTON, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) was contacted by the Hinton Fire Department for assistance with an investigation into an explosion reported at the Central Valley Ag Cooperative facility at  East Main Street in Hinton on March 17, 2016.

Two people, Shane Noreen, 28, and Gustavo Gutierrez, 24, received life-threatening injuries from the explosion. Both were transported to Omaha hospitals where they are in critical condition.

At this time, the investigation is on-going by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) and the Hinton Fire Department. Because this is an on-going investigation, the cause of the explosion is still undetermined.

The LeMars Fire Department, Merrill Fire Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the explosions.

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