Cause of Gordon grain elevator fire still under investigation

(picture courtesy of KCSR Radio


There is still no confirmed cause for the weekend fire that destroyed a wooden grain elevator at Farmers Co-op in Gordon.

Co-op interim CEO Dale Anderson says grain inside the elevator and in adjacent bins was still burning too hot until Monday afternoon for investigators to do their work.

Gordon Fire Chief Rich Haller says the amount of dry grain and the size of the wooden structure kept firefighters busy putting water on hot spots for more than two days after getting things under control.

While the bulk storage facility was a complete loss, Dale Anderson says the protective efforts of the firefighters saved the feed mill itself and several storage bins, but as of Monday afternoon he still didn't know what, if any, damage they or their contents suffered.

Farmers Co-op in Gordon was open for business pretty much as usual yesterday, even as firefighters continued to take care of hot spots, and Anderson says all pending orders will be filled.

Anderson says options being considered to make up for the loss of the dried distilled grain and other materials being stored included hiring out some operations the co-op has done itself in the past.

Anderson says despite the loss, things could have been much worse. He's especially thankful that the early morning timing of the fire meant that no co-op employees were at work yet, and that no firefighters were hurt.

Anderson and grain division manager Bart Moseman came up from the Farmers Co-op headquarters in Hemingford on Monday to get a first-hand look at things at the Gordon complex.

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