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Stubborn Fire in Corn Stored in Grain Bin Keeps Centralia District Firefighters Busy for Hours

July 1, 2016

A smoldering fire in a 60,000 bushel grain elevator off Route 161 east of Centralia near Byars Road kept firefighters and farm workers busy for five and a half hours early Friday morning.

Centralia Fire Protection District Chief Greg Earle says employees of Loepker Farms have been removing grain from the elevator to another facility since smoke was discovered coming out of the large grain bin on Tuesday.  The area where the smoldering fire was centered was uncovered around 2:30 Friday morning when it flared.  Only 7,000 to 8,000 bushels of grain remained in the bin at that point.    

Firemen poured water onto the grain from their snorkel unit while employees of Loepker Farms used a vacuum tube to pull out the blackened grain.  Eventually all of the burning grain was removed from the elevator.   There was no damage to the elevator structure.   
Earle says the cause of the fire has not been determined.  

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