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Published January 06, 2014, 04:18 PM

Fire destroys Devils Lake grain elevator

An overnight fire in Devils Lake destroyed a grain elevator, an estimated multi-million dollar loss. Multiple firefighters are dealing with injuries after battling this blaze in extreme weather conditions, with wind chills around -50.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

An overnight fire in Devils Lake destroyed a grain elevator, an estimated multi-million dollar loss. Multiple firefighters are dealing with injuries after battling this blaze in extreme weather conditions, with wind chills around -50.

The fire started around 8:00 Sunday night at the former Peavey Elevator, which is now called Dakota Bean. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters immediately called for backup.

The elevator was fully involved, to the point that the fire chief pulled his crew back and they began to fight the fire from the outside. The fire burned throughout the night, uncontrollably until about 5:00 Monday morning.

Firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to the surrounding area, but the elevator is a total loss.

Fire Chief Jim Moe of the Devils Lake Fire Department said, "This thing is going to smolder and burn and ignite for the next few days. We'll be coming back to try and put out some flames. Not uncommon for it to smolder for some time."

The elevator was filled with pea-byproducts.

The owners of the elevator released the following statement: "Dakota Dry Bean is appreciative of all the firefighters for their effort and hard work under the tough conditions. We are very appreciative that nobody was seriously hurt and no other properties were damaged."

They also said those who worked in this elevator will not lose their jobs. They will be repositioned in nearby elevators.

The Devils Lake fire department says the fire originated in the upper portion of the elevator, but the cause of the ignition remains under investigation.

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