Crews respond to grain elevator fire

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HOMER, Ill. (WCIA) — Crews from several departments responded after grain elevator caught fire in Homer.

It happened before 8 a.m. Wednesday at Bunge Milling on Coffeen Street.

The Homer Fire Protection District Chief, Don Happ, says it took 10 minutes to respond because of a train blocking the crossing.

Happ says a small fire started near a motor in the basement and then went up the grain elevator.

“One of the legs that go up to the top of the elevator, the grain was on fire inside the leg,” he says. “We took a couple of panels down and then we sprayed some water. It took quite a bit of time to do all that but we had a lot of help from multiple different districts down here.”

The chief says they were assisted by fire districts out of Odgen-Royal, St. Joseph, Fairmount, Sidney and Philo.

He adds no one was hurt and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

ORIGINAL POST: HOMER, Ill. (WCIA) — Firefighters are responding to a fire Wednesday morning in Homer.

The call went out around 7:45 a.m. for a fire in a structure at 402 E. Coffeen Street.

It’s not clear what buildings are affected.

WCIA is working to find out whether anyone was hurt and what was damaged by the fire.

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