Fire breaks out at ethanol plant east of the QC

The fire broke out at Marquis Energy late Wednesday afternoon. Part of the facility continued to run, despite the fire on the south side.

HENNEPIN, Illinois -- A fire broke out an an ethanol plant east of the Quad Cities.

According to a report by the LaSalle NewsTribune, the fire was reported at Marquis Energy around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 10.

At 4:40 p.m. Marquis Energy published a tweet that said the fire happened in the facility's south unit.  The fire was contained and there were no injuries.

"There was swift response from our local and surrounding fire departments and we appreciate their efforts," read the tweet.

The facility's north unit continued to run.

There was no word on what caused the fire.

Multiple fire departments responded to the scene, which was reportedly a five-alarm fire.

According to the company's website, Marquis Energy is the largest dry-mill ethanol facility in the country.  It has the production capacity of about 1 million gallons of fuel-grade ethanol each day.