Department reponds to silage chopper fire

From local sources

MENTOR — Units of the Birdseye Volunteer Fire Department responded Friday morning to what was initially reported as a possible structure fire in the Mentor Road South area.

Fire Chief David “Smitty” Smith said the fire actually involved Paul Lueken’s John Deere silage chopper, which was in use when a problem was reported at 9:35 a.m.

Two fire extinguishers were successfully used to knock out a fire before the fire department’s first two trucks arrived, according to Smith. Firefighters then sprayed water on the unit to ensure hot spots were cooled.

It was thought a failed bearing could have been the cause, according to Smith.

At the farmer’s request, the fire department brought out its brush truck to follow the John Deere as it was taken back to the shop for repairs.

Smith thought the damage was limited, although some wiring may need replaced.

Three trucks and 10 firefighters were out about 30 minutes.

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