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Published January 21, 2014, 04:18 PM

Crew efforts continue at Devils Lake elevator demolition

Demolition crews have been a constant presence at the site of the Dakota Dry Bean elevator fire in Devils Lake, but the company's CEO says the work is still far from finished.

By: WDAZ Staff Reports, WDAZ

Demolition crews have been a constant presence at the site of the Dakota Dry Bean elevator fire in Devils Lake, but the company's CEO says the work is still far from finished.

The elevator burned to the ground just over two weeks ago. Part of the facility has been demolished already. But the building next to the elevator won't be torn down until spring, partly because of asbestos removal issues. The Devils Lake Fire Department has determined a likely cause for the fire. Fire chief Jim Moe says the contents of the elevator probably caused the blaze to begin.

"We had three potential issues and we feel that hot product was the most likely that occurred through spontaneous combustion," said Moe.

The debris left over from the fire is still smoldering. Moe says left-over product in the elevator will likely stay hot until it's removed from the site.

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