Follow Up: Cleanup Begins on Sawyer Elevator Destroyed in Fire
A week and a half ago, excavator crews were pulling apart the Sawyer grain elevator while crews battled the flames. Today, they're cleaning up what's left. "It's a big disaster," said elevator owner Nathan Smith. Smith, who bought the elevator 15 years ago to store grain for his family's business, now finds himself cleaning up a mountain of grain. "Behind me is a big pile of burnt wheat," said Smith. "There's burnt peas we're hauling out and dispose of. We're also hauling out what's remaining of the charred wood." And most, if not all of it, is lost. "Well, there's very limited value, you can see, there's all the charred pieces of wood in there, besides, there's a bunch of charred grain," Smith said, as he sifted through a handful of the grain removed from the fire. What's worse, some product remains trapped in bins behind where the elevator sat, and they're still hot, nearly two weeks later. "We still even have grain that's in the steel bins that's smouldering we've been trying to manage," he said. Smith said he's remaining positive, and he's glad it wasn't any worse. "It could've been much worse," he said. "Lucky we have insurance, and lucky no one was here when it happened." Smith said he plans to rebuild, but for now, he'll continue hauling away a good portion of this year's product, in a tough season for grain farmers. Smith also said that the cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Bismarck Fire Marshal, but he said he believes it was likely caused by grain igniting next to a hot bearing. He also said cleanup will take several weeks.?
Crews Respond to Backyard Fire In South Bismarck
The Bismarck Rural Fire Department responded to a small fire in the backyard of a home in South Bismarck. The homeowner says his wife noticed the fire shortly after 3pm. Fire Chief Al Klein says they do not know yet what caused the logs and firewood to ignite.
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