Clinton, IA Explosion at ADM Grains Kills Firefighter, Injures Another

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A Clinton, IA explosion at ADM Grains has killed Lieutenant Eric Hosette of the Clinton Fire Department. He leaves behind a wife and young daughter.

Lieutenant Hosette, 33, was rushed to Mercy Medical. Medical personnel tried to revive him, but could not.

Firefighter Adam Cain was injured in the blast. Temporarily missing after the explosion, he was found and airlifted to Iowa City. He is listed in critical but stable condition.

According to KWQC TV6, Mike Brown, Fire Chief of the Clinton Fire Department, was visibly emotional when he spoke of the loss. “Healing will take a long time,” he said.

The tragedy happened at the loading area of the ADM Grains Clinton facility. Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in the silo storage bins. As they fought the fire, an explosion occurred.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire and explosion.

Clinton, IA Explosion at ADM Grains: “Healing Will Take A Long Time.”

When speaking of the Clinton, IA Explosion at ADM Grains, the powerful words of Fire Chief Brown are very true. Death and injuries from fires and explosions are tragic and devastating.

Nothing can bring back a loved one who has been killed. The tragedy leaves a hole that can never be filled. And nothing can compensate for the suffering of people who have been injured by fire or explosion. Burn injuries are painful and take a long time to heal. The medical care is painful and expensive. And it is impossible to quantify the emotional suffering of the families involved.

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Carter, Chris. “UPDATE: Clinton Firefighter killed in explosion at grain bin identified.” KWQC TV6, January 6, 2019.

Saunders, Forrest. “ADM explosion kills Clinton firefighter.” KCRG News9, January 5, 2019.