On Thursday night, crews spent hours knocking down a fire at a grain bin in the heart of Howard, South Dakota.
The first calls came in just before 9:00 p.m. About three dozen firefighters from the Howard Volunteer Fire Department and mutual aid helped put out the fire. When crews arrived, they found the fire in an older, 100-foot tall wood-frame elevator bin.
“We were able to keep the fire contained to the elevator area of origin. It did include two buildings of what would be the five buildings,” Volunteer Fire Department Chief Nathan Ruml said.
It took crews several hours to knock down the fire. The flames were localized to two different building and luckily didn't spread.
“When you see a fire 100 feet off the ground and it's a very large fire in an 80 or 90-year-old building, you expect it to be a very bad scenario. We were fortunate,” Ruml said.
The grain elevator will be closed for a few days, but it shouldn't affect business too much.
“In meeting with personal with the elevator facility, they don't foresee any cuts in employment or major changes to their operations other than they will be shut down for a while,” Ruml said.
Luckily, there were no injuries reported during the fire.