EDGELEY, NORTH DAKOTA, US — A fire destroyed the wooden portion of a CHS Dakota Plains Ag grain elevator in the small farming community of Edgeley, South Dakota, US, on the night of Nov. 11. No injuries were reported.
“Last evening, a fire started within our grain elevator operations at our Edgeley, ND facility,” CHS Dakota Plains Ag said in a statement posted to the company's Facebook page on Nov. 12. “The cause of the fire is not yet known, and we are assisting local authorities as requested. No injuries have been reported, and all our employees are safe. We will work to keep customers apprised of the facility's operational status.”
Edgeley Fire Chief Steve Powers told KFGO radio that the elevator was built in stages over the years, and the older wooden part of the structure, which contained a large amount of grain, burned down, while parts of the facility made of cement were still standing.
The fire, which was reported at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11, is thought to have originated in an office area before spreading to the wooden elevator. Emergency crews battled the fire until it was contained at 2 a.m. Nov. 12. Powers noted the fire was still smoldering as of Nov. 13 and the facility was being monitored.The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office.