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Eldon Fire Put Out Safely with No Injuries

By Aaryn Frazier, October 04, 2018

Eldon and Batavia Fire Department’s responded to a call about a grain bin fire outside of Eldon at 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, October 4.

According to Linda Manly, Eldon Fire Department chief, this fire was not as bad as it could have been compared to the last grain bin fire they responded to. The fire began with an unknown amount of corn burning near the bin dryer.

“We had to disassemble the dryer. Shut off the gas that runs it,” Manly said. “Because it was pushing air in there, which we don’t want oxygen in this. So, we had to take it off, and you could actually see in there. And at the time, when we first did that, the fire was rolling out of there.”

Once the dryer was disassembled the fire fighters sprayed it down. Then came the need to remove all the corn from the bin so the charred and burnt corn to prevent another fire. Some 9,000 bushels of corn fits in one bin, and 1,000 bushels fits in each semi brought to load and unload corn.

The process can take hours, and even days to finish cleaning. However, no one was injured, most of the corn is safe and younger members of the fire departments got a chance to work on skills in a safer climate.

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