Corn dryer fire causes massive damage


HOMER TOWNSHIP, Ill. (WCIA) — An unseasonably harsh year for farmers was made worse for one family when a large fire burned through a corn dryer.

The fire happened Thursday afternoon at C and R AG Supply. The Homer fire chief says the cause is still unknown. When the fire started the machine was operating.

There was about 60,000 pounds of white corn inside the corn dryer. That equals about $5,000 worth of product. While the owners say that’s not a substantial loss in the grand scheme of the business, the bigger loss is the destruction of the $100,000 corn dryer itself.

In a season when planting and harvesting was set back by untimely flooding followed by extreme heat, this makes things even harder for them. Lynn Rohrscheib says, “The major loss for us is that we have a lot of corn we still need to dry from this growing season still. We’re down one dryer now. But we’re very fortunate to have some friends that have offered for us to use their dryers since we’ll be down a dryer for this season.”

No one was hurt. Officials are still investigating to find the cause of the fire.

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