February 15, 2011 / 3:51 PM / 7 years ago

Agrium building in South Carolina destroyed by fire

TORONTO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - A fire that began late on Monday has destroyed one of Agrium Inc’s (AGU.TO) warehouses at a specialty fertilizer plant located in South Carolina, a spokesman for the company said on Tuesday.

The blaze at the building, located in Hartsville, South Carolina, continued into early Tuesday, but did not damage the company’s production facility at the site, the spokesman said.

The plant itself, which employs about 50 workers has been shut down while authorities investigate the cause of the fire. The spokesman said none of its employees were hurt by the fire and inventory losses were minimal.

The company’s latest factbook says its Hartsville facility -- a part of its network of Rainbow plants -- has an annual fertilizer production capacity of over 78,000 tonnes a year.

Agrium’s Rainbow plants produce specialty fertilizers that contain blends of macro nutrients like nitrogen, phosphate and potash, along with micro nutrients boron, iron and magnesium.

The specialty products are used to grow tobacco, vegetables and other crops.

The facility in Hartsville accounts for roughly 30 percent of Agrium’s Rainbow product capacity within the United States. (Reporting by Euan Rocha; editing by Janet Guttsman)

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