St. Henry grain elevator fire doused

From Local Sources

ST. HENRY — Units of the St. Henry Volunteer Fire Department responded Monday evening to an initial report of a fire in a grain bin at a former popcorn plant.

Byron Hoffman is the owner of the former Weaver Popcorn facility at 3017 W. 1100S. Fire Chief Steve Eckert said a call to the property came in at 6:56 p.m.

Eckert said the fire was found to have actually involved a grain elevator and it was mostly extinguished by employee Eric Denu, who used a fire extinguisher, by the time fire trucks arrived.

Additionally, Eckert reported, firefighters determined the fire had not traveled into the grain transport area of the elevator. Instead, Eckert said, it was isolated in the self-contained drive engine and drive belt area of the apparatus.

St. Henry firefighters used a foam agent to cool down metal areas and cover all electrical parts of the elevator to prevent a re-ignition, Eckert said.

The elevator unit was moved away from the site’s grain bins by an employee who took it to a safe location on the premises, according to the chief.

Four trucks and 13 firefighters were on the scene 25 minutes.

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