Domino Sugar Resumes Sugar Processing Following Tuesday Fire

| April 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

American Sugar Refining, Inc. (ASR Group), owner of the Domino Sugar refinery in Locust Point in Baltimore, announced today that work has resumed at the facility following Tuesday’s fire that destroyed the raw sugar shed. The 510 ASR Group employees began to return to work on Wednesday when power was restored to the campus.

The refinery is currently online and processing, packaging, and shipping sugar orders that were in process or ready to ship when the refinery shut down on Tuesday. ASR Group said full operations will be restored “as soon as possible.”

Clean-up efforts will begin today in and around the raw sugar shed where the fire occurred. A shipment of raw sugar is locally available at the Annapolis anchorage and ready to return to the refinery.

The fire began in the raw sugar shed and was confined to the free-standing shed structure, and did not enter or damage the refinery itself. No injuries occurred.

The three-alarm fire was put out by the Baltimore City Fire Department. The fire was quickly contained and mostly extinguished in about 50 minutes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

When asked if there is another place to store raw sugar on the campus, ASR Group Vice President of Corporate Relations Peter O’Malley said in an email, “We have a large site and our engineering team is well into evaluating all available options and will deploy temporary solutions to get us fully operational as soon as possible. The fire department is still here and contractors are removing the collapsed steel structure. We will be utilizing the latest technology to build a state-of-the-art storage facility for the raw sugar.”

“We want to thank the men and women of the Baltimore City Fire Department, our employees and everyone who ensured that no injuries occurred,” said Luis Fernandez, co-president of ASR Group, in a press release. “We are confident that the talent and dedication of the Baltimore Refinery’s employees will ensure the refinery will quickly overcome this challenge. We remain committed to continuing to supply our customers during this time.”

A project is currently underway to replace the Domino Sugar sign with a replica LED version. ASR Group is also currently constructing four new sugar silos on its campus.

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