North Dakota Grain Elevator Fire Damage Expected to Surpass $1M

December 18, 2014

Fire damage to a grain elevator complex in Colfax, N.D., is expected to surpass $1 million.

Authorities are still searching for the cause of the Dec. 6 blaze that destroyed the Farmers Elevator’s main structure and offices and two structures that together contained about 170,000 bushels of grain.

The fire did not damage the elevator’s grain loading facility or its chemical and fertilizer operation. Elevator board member Don Hendrickson tells the Daily News of Wahpeton that the facility has set up a temporary office. The elevator was able to accept barley last week and could begin accepting corn as early as the middle of this week.

The board plans to rebuild the destroyed structures, using steel instead of wood.

No one was hurt in the fire.

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