No injuries in MillerCoors brewery explosion

A fire occurred at the MillerCoors Milwaukee brewery early Tuesday evening after a grain blower exploded. No one was injured, and production was not affected, according to a company spokesman.

“At approximately 6:45 p.m. (Tuesday), a grain blower in our brew house exploded causing a fire on the roof of the building,” said Marty Maloney, media relations manager. “The fire and police departments were called to the scene and quickly put out the fire.  Fortunately, all our employees are accounted for, and there are no reported injuries or operational disruptions.”

Milwaukee deputy fire chief Brian Smith said the cause is still under investigation, but a possible dust explosion in the grain handling system could be to blame.

Smith said the fire resulted in $105,000 worth of damage to the building and another $37,000 worth of content damage.

Chicago-based MillerCoors LLC brews much of its beer in Milwaukee.

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