Grain smoldering at US Purina Mills plant
Fire and rescue crews were called to the Purina Mills plant in Washington
County, USA on Wednesday morning after officials say a grinder motor overheated,
causing some of the grain inside the plant to burn.
Officials say the fire was slow smoldering, and
although there were no flames, some of the burnt grain was brushed into the
plant's storage bin. Crews were afraid that grain inside the plant would catch
fire, so they offloaded all five tons of grain to avoid a potential
Deputy Chief Ed Ernst with the Maryland State Fire Marshal said,
"One of the hazards that we had is a dust hazard. There's a lot of dust
that travels throughout the building when the grain's moving. Also when
grain like that catches on fire or burns, it falls down inside and continues to
smolder until you have a fire inside."
Ernst added that the height of the
building made it harder for crews to get up to the potential trouble
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